April 27, 2021 10:00 EST

American Furniture, Folk and Decorative Arts

 
  Lot 67
 

67

A Chippendale mahogany desk and bookcase
John Janvier, Sr. (1749-1801), Cantwell's Bridge, New Castle County, Delaware, dated, "May 15th 1794"

Dated in chalk to underside.

H: 86 3/4 in. W: 45 in. (at feet) D: 21 1/2 in.

Provenance

Probable line of descent:
John Janvier (1770-1846) and Margaret Wiley Janvier (1783-1839) New Castle, Delaware
to Ann Elizabeth Janvier Black (1811-1874) and Charles H. Black (1810-1852), New Castle, Delaware,
to Harriet Laurence Black Gray (1846-1880),
thence sister, Margaret Janvier Black Gray (1839-1922) and Senator George Gray (1840-1925), New Castle, Delaware,
to Emily Schofield Gray Thouron (1875-1957) and Judge Henry Thouron (1877-1926), Ardmore, Pennsylvania and Wilmington, Delaware,
to George Gray Thouron (1908-1974) and Margaret Cuculla Thouron (1907-1990), Merion Station, Pennsylvania and Concordville, Delaware,
to the present owner.

Estimated at $15,000 - $25,000


 

Dated in chalk to underside.

H: 86 3/4 in. W: 45 in. (at feet) D: 21 1/2 in.

Provenance

Probable line of descent:
John Janvier (1770-1846) and Margaret Wiley Janvier (1783-1839) New Castle, Delaware
to Ann Elizabeth Janvier Black (1811-1874) and Charles H. Black (1810-1852), New Castle, Delaware,
to Harriet Laurence Black Gray (1846-1880),
thence sister, Margaret Janvier Black Gray (1839-1922) and Senator George Gray (1840-1925), New Castle, Delaware,
to Emily Schofield Gray Thouron (1875-1957) and Judge Henry Thouron (1877-1926), Ardmore, Pennsylvania and Wilmington, Delaware,
to George Gray Thouron (1908-1974) and Margaret Cuculla Thouron (1907-1990), Merion Station, Pennsylvania and Concordville, Delaware,
to the present owner.

Note

This desk and bookcase exhibit many of the distinctive patterns of construction and material found in documented Janvier family case pieces. The location and handwriting of the date on the base of this desk is the same as one signed, "John Janvier/May 16 1793" recently purchased by Historic Odessa Foundation. Consultant analysis is available upon request.

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