High chest of drawers and dressing table, set

Creator:
Tufft, Thomas, ca. 1740-1793
Published/Created:
Philadelphia, Philadelphia county, Pennsylvania, United States
ca. 1775–1776
Materials:
mahogany
Notes:
Sack catalogue description: This magnificent set consisting of a Chippendale mahogany highboy and lowboy, along with a pair of chairs, is recorded in the account book of Richard Edwards as follows: "24, 3 mo. 1775 / Thomas Tufft Acc't for my furniture / To a pair of Mahogany Drawers / Pitch head fret, 22 / and Dentels and a Table to Suit, 8 / To six Mahogany Chairs open / backs and Elbow Chair to Suit, 13.8." Edwards was a Burlington County, Pennsylvania merchant who bought a number of recorded items from Thomas Tufft in the eighteenth century; the Richard Edwards family furniture was made and documented by Thomas Tufft in Philadelphia ca. 1775–1776. This highboy is one of two or three Philadelphia examples with a pitch pediment, making the account depiction more significant; the knee carving on these pieces relates to similar carving on the labeled Thomas Tufft lowboy in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, illustrated in The Magazine Antiques (October 1927): pp. 292–293. This set is also related to a Chippendale mahogany pier table made by Tufft for Richard Edwards in 1775, illustrated in American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, vol. 10, p. 2542, pl. P6266.
Related objects: Journal/Periodical: The Magazine Antiques (October 1927): pp. 292–293. Website: http://www.philamuseum.org/collections/permanent/55549.html?mulR=3079521541 (accessed May 8, 2014). Book: American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1990), vol. 10, p. 2542, pl. P6266.
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Bibliography: Book: American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1990), vol. 9, pp. 2414–2415, pl. P6026. Book: William MacPherson Hornor, Jr., Hornor's Blue Book: Philadelphia Furniture (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1977), pl. 160–162.
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YUAG catalogue note: The related Thomas Tufft dressing table in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art is object 1955-87-1.
Variant Titles:
Set of Chippendale mahogany highboy and lowboy
Topics:
Decoration and ornament -- Chippendale style
Furniture -- United States
Period/Style:
Chippendale
Culture:
American
Accession Number:
6026
Genre:
dressing tables (AAT)
high chests of drawers (AAT)
highboys (AAT)
lowboys (AAT)
Format:
Image
Physical Object
Content Type:
Furnishings & Decorative Arts
Prints & Photographs
Rights:
The use of this image may be subject to the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) or to site license or other rights management terms and conditions. The person using the image is liable for any infringement
Access Restrictions:
Public
Source Title:
Israel Sack, Inc., Archive
Source Created:
New York, New York, United States
1957–1990
Source Note:
Sack, July 1988
This information is taken from the Israel Sack Furniture Archive and may not reflect current scholarship.
Folder:
Folder 10978 nc cab2dr1 tif_complete
Yale Collection:
Yale University Art Gallery
Digital Collection:
Israel Sack Furniture Archive
oid pointer:
10994436
OID:
12029817
PID:
digcoll:1024518

Number of Pages: 6
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