Queen Anne Cherry-Wood Chest-on-Chest on FrameConnecticut, 1750-1780
H.to top of finial 87 1/2 in., H. to top of pediment, 83 in.; W. of upper case 36 3/8 in., W. of lower case 39 in.; D. at lower case molding 20 _ in.
Reference: For a Chest on Frame with a similarly shaped skirt please see: Schoedinger Collection, January 2008, Christies, New York, Lot 477. P
Provenance: Dealer Patrick Stevens, Hartford, Connecticut;
late 19th century, Morgan Gardner Bulkeley and Fannie Briggs Houghton Bulkeley; (please see early 20th century photograph of the present chest on chest with the grandchidren of Morgan and Fannie Bulkeley;
Thence by descent to the present owners
Estimate: $40,000 - $80,000
A prominent businessman and politician Morgan Gardner 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.