Connecticut Valley Furniture by Eliphalet Chapin And His by Thomas P.Kugelman, Alice K. Kugelman, Robert F. Trent,

By Thomas P.Kugelman, Alice K. Kugelman, Robert F. Trent, Philip D. Zimmerman

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O, makin g th is one of th e first high chests menti on ed in th e probate records of H artford Co unty. Mary Grant L oom is, first cousin of wealthy E ast Windsor merchant (and later Eliphalet Chapin patron) Eb enezer Grant (1706 -97), inherited th e high chest from her husband and passed it on to her only surv iving child , Amasa L oomis (r73r93) , coincidentally th e owner of a dressing table from th e shop of Eliphalet Chapin (cat. 65). , passed next to his young daughter and mother's namesake M ary Loom is (r78r -r812), th en to M ary's siste r Clarissa (r77r-r8s8), th e wife of Ar odi Higley (r770- r832), and, finally, their son Job Loomis Higley (r80r-8r).

Although the colors have faded with tim e, the overall effect . remains engagmg. The r736 painted on th e left side of the upp er case strongly suggests th e high chest was made for th e June r736 marriage of G ershom Loomis (170I -38) to Mary Grant (1702-80) . The extensive invent ory of G ershom's estate, taken just two years later, lists a "Case of Drawers" at the extraordinary value of [S. o, makin g th is one of th e first high chests menti on ed in th e probate records of H artford Co unty.

1. EARLY QUEEN ANNE TAB LEI Distinguishing Features of Early Queen Anne Groups Gro up Paint-japann ed Cats. 1-4 Spool-foot Cats. 5-ro Walnut-veneered Ca ts. II-I3 W illiam M anley Cats. 14- 17 Town of origin Windsor Windsor H artfordlWindsor W eth ersfieldlWindsor Facade decoration Paint japanning Painted bandin g around drawers; figured maple W alnut veneer with crossbandin g Primary wood (painte d or stained) Cornice Small, 1"-2" Tall, thr ee-p art , 4"+, with frieze drawer Intermediate, 2"-3 " Intermediate, 2"-3 " D rawer configuration, Upper-case top row Two narrow drawers flanking a wide drawer Two narrow drawers flanking a wide drawer Two drawers O ne or two drawers D rawer configuration, Lower case Single row D ouble row Single row Single row Mid molding Two-p art, split between upper and lower cases Two-pa rt , split between upper and lower cases Two-p art, split between upp er On e part, attached and lower cases; or one-part to lower case Apron shaping, front Hi gh center arch flanked by drop pend ant s and double ogees Hi gh center arch flanked by drop pendants and flatt ened arches Hi gh center arch flanked by drop pendants and double ogees Cyma curves with high center arch, no pend ant s Apron shaping, sides Paired double ogees with center drop pendant Paired flattened arches with center drop pend ant D ouble ogee Cyma curves with high center arch Cabriole leg profile Exaggerated curve at top with sharp angles Rounded knees, straight legs Conventional Qp een Anne cabriole leg Conventi onal Qu een Anne cabriole leg Foot Large flat pad Pad with mid rib on a turn ed spool Bowl- shaped pad foot Bowl-shaped pad foot Backboards Nailed in rabbets Nailed in rabbets Set in grooves Nailed in rabbets Dr awer dividers and muntin s Thin, in groove; double-astragal facing Thick, dovetailed; double cock-bead facing Thin, in groove; double-astragal facing T hick, exposed dovetails; no facing Dr awer front s Taper inward, no lip Taper inward, no lip Flush, no taper or lip Lipp ed Drawer bott oms Nailed from below on 4 sides Nailed from below on 4 sides Nailed from below on 4 sides In groove in front and sides Dr awer-side dovetails Protrude in back Protrud e in back Flu sh in back Flush in back D ovetail pins Average size and angle; present at top and botto m Average size and angle; present at top and bottom Average size and angle; present at top and bottom Large and widely spaced; present at top only Probable date range ' Five of th ese bear dates between 1735 and 1738.

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