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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CAT A LOG I T his high chest sports brigh tly colored painted figures of fanciful animals, plants, and people, but the figures are not raised in gesso in the Boston fashio n. The exaggerated cabriole legs and large flat feet are typical of the group. The unusual center drop pendant on the side apron also appears on spool-foot group furniture. 50 Connecticut high chest. The painted decoration, despite restoration, still reflects the imagination, skill, and effort of the maker in adapting to the new Qpeen Anne style.

75; Wad sworth Atheneum 1985, no. 90 Publi cations: Lyon , Colonial Furniture, p. 87, fig. 36; Cu mmings, "Painted Chests from the Conn ecticut Valley," pp. 192- 93; H eckscher, American Furn iture, no. 152 HCFS 121 CAT A LOG 2 This dramatically decorated high chest, although overpainted, communicates the flavor of th e paintjapanned grou p: th e brightly colored figures are a creative imitation ofjapa nning; the squat case, exaggerated cabriole legs, and large flat pad feet are early regional interpretations of the Queen Ann e style.

76. WALNUT-VENEERED GROUP ~ William UVlanley group In th e prosperous and urbane town of Wethersfield, south of H artford, Queen Anne style furniture evolved differently from the towns to the north. During the I730S and I740S cabinet shops in Wethersfield followed coastal Massachusetts design much more closely. ' He trained other cabinetmakers, including Return Belden (1721-64), in Wethersfield and possibly later in W indsor. Given M anley's presumed dominant role, this group of high chests and dressing tables is referred to as the William Manley group.

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