The Cox-Pickering Family Queen Anne High ChestSalem, Massachusetts, circa 1750
H. 88 _ in.; W. 39 _ in.; D. 21 in.
This walnut high chest of drawers, of a desirable small size, excellent proportions and retaining its original brasses and finials, is a superlative example of its form. The fact that it has descended directly in the prominent Pickering family of Salem adds to its importance. Fire Bucket and silver bag inscribed: ÒFRANCIS COX / 1806Ó accompany this lot.
Provenance: Timothy Pickering (1702-1778) married Mary Wingate (1708-1784);
To their son, Timothy Pickering (1745-1829) married Rebecca White (1754-1828) [Timothy held several cabinet positions under Presidents George Washington and John Adams, including Postmaster General, Secretary of State, and Secretary of War];
To their son, John Pickering (1777-1846) married Sarah White (1777-1846);
To their son, John Pickering (1808-1882) married Mehitable Cox (1815-1879);
Thence by descent in the Cox branch of the Cox-Pickering Family until 1994;
Northeast Auctions, August 20 and 21, 1994;
Eastside Winter Antiques Show, Wayne Pratt, January 20, 1995
Estimate: $80,000 - $120,000
It is an honor and pleasure for Keno Auctions to offer for sale the Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Isbell. People collect for a variety of reasons; the Isbells assembled a fabulous Americana collection because of their passion for each piece. Over three decades they sought out the best examples of high quality Colonial American furniture and folk art using the criteria of quality, rarity, condition and provenance as their guide