April 19, 2016 10:00 EST

American Furniture, Decorative & Folk Art

 
  Lot 45
 
Lot 45 - Queen Anne walnut chest-on-frame

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Queen Anne walnut chest-on-frame
pennsylvania, circa 1760

H: 66 1/4 in. W: 42 1/4 in. D: 23 1/8 in.

Provenance: Property Deaccessioned by the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association.
The chest, which was exhibited in the Lafayette Bedchamber (Pennsylvania Room) from 1932 until 2002, was probably presented to the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association by Mrs. Lily Lytle Macalester Berghmans Laughton, Vice Regent for Pennsylvania (1859-1891) and second Regent of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association (1873-1891).

Sold for $3,125
Estimated at $5,000 - $8,000


 

H: 66 1/4 in. W: 42 1/4 in. D: 23 1/8 in.

Provenance: Property Deaccessioned by the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association.
The chest, which was exhibited in the Lafayette Bedchamber (Pennsylvania Room) from 1932 until 2002, was probably presented to the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association by Mrs. Lily Lytle Macalester Berghmans Laughton, Vice Regent for Pennsylvania (1859-1891) and second Regent of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association (1873-1891).

Lily Lytle Macalester Berghmans Laughton (1832-1891)
Lily Lytle Macalester Berghmans Laughton served as the second Regent of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, from 1873 to her death in 1891. Eliza "Lily" was the daughter of one of Philadelphia's wealthiest and most influential citizens, Charles Macalester. Macalester, a merchant and director of the Second Bank of the United States, was a friend and advisor to seven Presidents. Lily inherited the faimly estate, Glengarry (now historic Glen Foerd) at her father's death. A famous Washington and Philadelphia hostess and socialite, Lily married the Secretary of the Belgian Legation at Washington, Alfred C. Berghmans, in 1860. After his death, she was briefly married to James Scott Laughton. With social, financial and political connections, Mrs. Lily Macalester Berghmans Laughton was successful in asking Jay Gould to purchase and donate substantial acreage to Mount Vernon in 1887.

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