A Carved Walnut Chippendale
Bonnet-Top Highboy, Salem, c.1760-1780
This highboy relates
to a class of highboys that, as Albert Sack remarks,
"combines the academic skill of the Boston school
with the romantic flavor of the more free-spirited
Salem school". He mentions this in his New
Fine Points of Furniture (see
attached images) when he discusses the masterpiece
example at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. Whereas
most highboys use plain pad feet, these examples use
claw and ball feet and use double shells, both in
the upper and lower case. An example with pad feet
is illustrated in Samuel Chamberlain's Salem Interiors,
Our example is in
excellent original condition, see attached close-ups.
The brasses are old, although not original, and the
finials are historically accurate replacements.
89 in. Case Width: 35 1/2 in. Overall Width: 40 3/4
in. Depth: 22 1/4 in.