Carved White Oak and White Pine Bible BoxProbably New Haven Colony, Hammonasset River Valley, Connecticut, 1670-1700
H. 9 5/8 in.; W. 24 _ in.; D. 15 1/8 in.
The box bears a partial label of the Connecticut Tercentenary Exhibition on the bottom.
Wood analysis by Alden Identification Service, November 2012. Recent wood analysis by Harry Alden Identification Services indicates the bottom board is white pine native to northeastern U.S. and Canada and the backboard is white oak. ÒThe backboard sample is white oak with narrow rings indicating extremely slow growth which would not be expected in English furniture of 1600-1750.Ó -Harry Alden, September 2012
A partial label affixed to the underside of the bottom board reads "EXHIBIT(...) / CONNECTICUT TER(...) / AND / BRISTOL SESQUICEN(...) / CELEBRATION JUNE 10-15, 193 / Owner: Miss. Cynthia Tiffany." This label probably indicates the inclusion of this box in the Bristol Sesquicentenary Exhibition, which ran from June 10 - June 15, 1935 as a sideshow of the larger Connecticut Tercentenary Exhibition, June 15 - October 15, 1935. These exhibitions celebrated Connecticut's history by showing the public how people lived in the Colonial period and during the early years of the state.
Provenance: The box bears a partial label of the Connecticut Tercentenary Exhibition on the bottom. The Exhibition was held from June 15- October 15, 1935
Literature: A more elaborately carved example with dovetail joints and replaced base board and top is illustrated in Patricia E. Kane from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (32.275), "Furniture of the New Haven Colony," New Haven: New Haven Historical Society, 1973, pp. 44-45.The MFA Bible box, illustrated in Kane's volume features carved sides and molding. It does not feature the same lozenge trim pattern as the box offered in this sale, that is original to the piece.
Estimate: $3,000 - $6,000
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