Thistlethwaite Americana | Connecticut Chippendale Cherry Bonnet Top High Chest
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Connecticut Chippendale Cherry Bonnet Top High Chest

Wethersfield, Connecticut

Circa 1760s

Cherry and White Pine Secondary

88″ H x 35″ W x 20″ D

Wethersfield, Connecticut high chests and dressing tables feature some of the most elegant lines of any New England examples.  The rich cherry construction with a broken arch pediment, large central fan drawer over graduated drawers in the top section of the case gracefully flow into the lower section of the case. The lower case features a single drawer over three with the central drawer copying the same fan that was carved on the upper case. The piece terminates with a curvaceous skirt. The overall effect is one of refined elegance.


When you stand back and observe the piece straight on the high chest has a narrow vertical appearance with the tall, slender, elegant legs and shaped skirt, the high chest feels like it could walk away from you.


Provenance: Ginsburg & Levy, New York, 1966,  Colonial Williamsburg 1994