AN EXTREMELY RARE OAK, CHESTNUT, MAPLE AND PINE LIFT TOP CHEST
Swansea, Massachusetts now Warren, Rhode Island Circa 1680
Primary Woods: Chestnut, Pine, Oak, Maple
Secondary Woods: Pine, Chestnut, Oak
Height: 31 1/2 inches
Width: 49 1/4 inches
Depth: 21 inches
Reference: The chest appears in Patricia Kane et. al., Art & Industry in Early America; Rhode Island Furniture 1650-1830, page 148, figure 1. The group to which this chest belongs, including the Cole family joined great chair, is discussed in full in both Dennis Carr’s article in the same volume as well as entries 5 and 6.
The group is also fully discussed in Robert F. Trent, “New Insights on Early Rhode Island Furniture” in American Furniture, 1999, pages 209-214.
Two other chests of nearly identical form and decoration are recorded; one in the collection of The Rhode Island Historical Society, see Robert Blair St. George, The Wrought Covenant, entry 80, and one formerly in the H. W. Erving Collection, illustrated in Wallace Nutting, Furniture Treasury, number 28.