Thistlethwaite Americana | High Chest from Massachusetts
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High Chest from Massachusetts

North Shore
Circa 1760
Walnut, white pine
H: 83″; W: 36″; D: 21″


Seen for the first time since being published in American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, vol. 1 (pg. 103) by Albert Sack, this excellent high chest survives in fine original condition. It retains a wonderful old finish, large Chippendale brasses, and spiral finials, and displays the distinctive features of a group of high chests made in the Ipswich-Salem region of Massachusetts. The leg profile and ovoid openings in the pediment are hallmarks of this important group of high chests. Several other high chests in the group feature variations of the cyma-shaped arches of the skirt, including a chest in the Dallas Museum of Art (1985.B.18.A-E) and Historic Deerfield (HD 1058). A noticeable difference on this example is the lack of veneering. Additionally, this high chest has nine lobes, while the Dallas Museum chest has eleven lobes and the Deerfield shell has twelve lobes.


Provenance: Ex-Israel Sack


WHY WE LOVE IT: Finding any piece from volume 1 of the Sack collection is so important.  This piece has everything I lust for in a highboy – great finish, dramatic fans, and big, gutsy brasses.