Pair of William and Mary Upholstered Walnut StoolsEnglish, early 18th century
Original receipt for one bench dated 1927 to accompany lot.
H. 14 _ in.; W. 29 in.; D. 16 1/4 in.
Each with Needlepoint seats added circa 1931 by Mrs. Ingersoll
Provenance: Sam Wineck, Hartford, Connecticut; Mrs. J. Ingersoll, 1927 and 1931
Estimate: $800 - $1,200
A prominent businessman and politician Morgan G. Bulkeley (1837-1922) demonstrated his desire to preserve and promote American heritage through his public works and in his collection. His paternal lineage traces directly to Rev. Peter Bulkeley, ( 1582/3- 1658/9), the founder of Concord, Massachusetts. Morgan's interest in Americana likely stems from his own family's rich history. His wife, Fannie Briggs Bulkeley, played a large role in assembling the family's antiques collection. In 1893, a magazine reporter commented on the house saying, "The rich antiques in the house, which the governor and his wife have collected, would excite the envy of the oldest connoisseurs (...) but the Bulkeley's special interest is in old furniture. He's the owner of the some of the most valuable specimens to be found in New England (...) the house throughout is rich in art and evidences of culture." Keno Auctions is pleased to offer objects from this noteworthy collection in our present sale.