Chippendale Inlaid Mahogany Bow-Front ChestNew England, 1780-1790
H. 33 _ in.; W. 39 in.; D. 21 _ in.
Provenance: Walter Hosmer (1794-1852) collection, New York;
Elinor H.B. Ingersoll, 1896;
Then by descent to the present owner
Estimate: $4,000 - $8,000
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.