April 19, 2016 10:00 EST

American Furniture, Decorative & Folk Art

 
  Lot 77
 

77

Queen Anne carved walnut high chest
philadelphia, pa, circa 1760

With shell-carved knees and tall trifid feet, appears to retain original hardware.

H: 75 in. W: 41 1/2 in. D: 23 in.

Provenance: Descended in the Wells Family to the present owner.
By tradition, originally owned by Rachel Hill (1734-1796) and Richard Wells (1734-1801), who married at Philadelphia Monthly Meeting in 1759. Hand-written paper label affixed to backboard, "Property of John Drew Wells Address 6364 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia."

Sold for $15,000
Estimated at $8,000 - $12,000


 

With shell-carved knees and tall trifid feet, appears to retain original hardware.

H: 75 in. W: 41 1/2 in. D: 23 in.

Provenance: Descended in the Wells Family to the present owner.
By tradition, originally owned by Rachel Hill (1734-1796) and Richard Wells (1734-1801), who married at Philadelphia Monthly Meeting in 1759. Hand-written paper label affixed to backboard, "Property of John Drew Wells Address 6364 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia."

Merchant of European and Indian goods and an inventor, Wells was active in Quaker and civic affairs, and served as Director of the Library Company and Secretary of the American Philiosophical Society. His life is detailed in Bell, Whitfield Jenks. Patriot Improvers: Biographical Sketches of Members of the Philosophical Society (1997).

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