American and English Furniture
Serpentine front with an
unusual cupboard bookcase top; the interior completely fitted out with
drawers, three with carved shells and two hidden document drawers; a
robust carved shell on the apron and ogee bracket feet.
Chippendale straight front example with straight bracket feet and a
smaller shell on the apron and an identical cupboard bookcase top has
been in the permanent collection at Colonial Williamsburg since the
Few maple chests are of this quality and desirable small size.
With its near perfect proportions, the chest is attributed to the workshop of Thomas Goddard. It is interesting to note that this chest is signed in chalk, "Cornelius Allen, Barnstable". There is an identical chest-on-chest made of mahogany in a prominent Boston collection which bears this same inscription by this unrecorded cabinetmaker.
Speculation is that Cornelius Allen was the son-in-law of Thomas Goddard. Thomas had a daughter that married an Allen. About 1846, Thomas Goddard made two doll chairs for his granddaughter, Matilda Allen, who later married John O. Peckham. These two small chairs descended in the Peckham family and are now owned by The Newport Historical Society.
Original brasses. No major restoration.
Measurements: 7 ft. 1 in. High: 39 in. Wide; 19 in. Deep.
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