September 11, 2021 09:00 AM EDT Asheville, North Carolina


The Stiles Family Connecticut Chippendale Bonnet Top High Chest

Woodbury, Connecticut, 1770-1780, an exceptional example in fine condition and probably retaining its original surface, upper case with closed bonnet with scrolled finial plinth, probably original flame finials, central shell carved drawer, drawers flanked by fluted pilasters, probably original bat wing brasses, lower case with central shell carved drawer, C-scroll carved cabriole legs with ball and claw front feet, dovetailed and rosehead nail construction, poplar secondary throughout, pad rear feet, 94 x 43 x 22 in.

Note: Illustrated in Making Furniture in Pre-Industrial America: The Social Economy of Newtown and Woodbury, Connecticut, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996, pg. 139, fig. 24.

Illustrated in the Jeffery Tillou Antiques catalog, The Ann and Joel Finn Collection, pg. 10-11 (lot accompanied by copy of catalog).

Provenance:Descended in the Stiles family of Woodbury, Connecticut; Acquired in the 1980s from Avis Hicock, who was living in the Main Street home that had belonged to her great-grandfather David J. Stiles. The highchest descended from his father, David Stiles, or his grandfather Benjamin Stiles, who lived across the street at Ragland Farm; The Ann and Joel Finn Collection


in fine largely original condition throughout, early dry surface and probably original brasses, right skirt drop probably restored (patches at skirt caps for pendants), bottom right drawer with area of possible surface restoration (slight discrepancy under blacklight), lower right drawer with minor repair at drawer lip, scattered minor patches at drawer lips, typical age, cracks, and other scattered minor flaws

Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000
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