Catalogue for June 19th & 20th 2009

Lot 417  <previous  next>
Estimated: $50000 - $150000
Realized Price: $128700

Important Philadelphia Queen Anne transitional carved mahogany scroll top high chest of drawers, ca. 1755 in two parts, the carving attributed to the hands of both Samuel Harding and "The Garvan Carver". The upper section has a swans neck pediment with flame finials and floral rosettes above a tympanum rocaille shell and 'floating' streaming foliage that are both signature elements of the work of Samuel Harding (died 1758). The five smaller drawers and three long drawers retain period brasses and are flanked by bold fluted quarter columns. The base has a central drawer with recessed shell carving and applied streaming foliage above a scalloped skirt with an applied shell, supported by cabriole legs with shell carved knees terminating in ball and claw feet, 7'9" h., 47" w. The carving on the base can be identified as being by the hand of "The Garvan Carver". It is very interesting to have both of these carvers working at the same shop, but not surprising as they were working and

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