Chippendale Bonnet-Top Chest on Chest
Cherry, yellow poplar, white pine,
butternut secondary woods.
Condition: (see full condition report)
The upper case has a closed bonnet with arched moldings highlighted by a molded
edge and a scrolled central plinth with flame finials above a central drawer with a deeply carved
lobed shell radiating from a carved central circle, flanked by two short drawers above four graduated drawers with thumb-molded edge lips. The drawers are flanked by reeded pilasters. The lower case has an applied, projecting waist molding to accommodate the upper case which is also fitted with applied moldings, above two large deep drawers. The skirt of the case is shaped forming a central cupid’s-bow with the motif repeating on the sides while supported by rounded
knee cabriole legs with C-scroll returns, terminating on carved ball and claw feet. Two distinct features of this piece are the square pad feet beneath the carved ball and claw feet, and the unusual construction of the rear edge of the bonnet being cantilevered.
Descended in the Stiles family of Woodbury, Connecticut, through Benjamin Stiles to
his granddaughter Alice, to her cousins’ son, a descendant of Abel Stiles, in 1920.
Purchased at the Winter Associates auction of the Stiles Burpee home in Southbury
Illustrated in Ann Y. Smith, To Please Any Taste, Litchfield County Furniture and Furniture
Makers, 1780-1830, Litchfield Historical Society, Litchfield, Connecticut 2008,
pg. 38, fig. 5.
Dimensions: 94½” h. (top finial) 37¾” w. (upper case) 41½” w. (lower case) 42½” w. (waist molding) 22” d. (furthest points)
Item ID: F-CP-CC 010
Price available upon request