Chippendale shell-carved watch hutch
Rhode Island, circa 1770
Mahogany, poplar, old or original finish, 7 ¼ x 6 x 3 ½ inches
Together with an English silver pair-cased fuse pocket circa 1820 containing a Newburyport Massachusetts repair paper. The watch is not in working order.
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The distinctive and recognizable concave shell-design on this watch hutch matches those found in the interiors of many Rhode Island-made desks and secretaries, its maker was likely one of the many apprentices who trained under cabinetmakers in both Newport and Providence.
Private collection, CT; David A. Schorsch, Greenwich, CT, 1983; Private collection: David A. Schorsch, New York, NY, 1991; Collection of Thomas A. Gray, Winston-Salem, NC; “The Collection of Thomas A. Gray,” Brunk Auctions on site in Winston-Salem, NC, March 29, 2010, lot 56; David A. Schorsch and Eileen M. Smiles, Woodbury, CT, 2011; Collection of Brian and Pam Ehrlich, Mystic, CT;“American Furniture & Decorative Arts,” November 2-3, 2019, lot 65.
Advertisement for David A. Schorsch, The Magazine Antiques, May 1983, p. 916.
Advertisement for David A. Schorsch, The Magazine Antiques, January 1986, p. 155.
Catalogue VIII: Excellence in American Design, Current Offerings from the Collection of David A. Schorsch, Inc, (New York, 1991), p. 59.
Notable Acquisitions (Woodbury, CT: David A. Schorsch and Eileen M. Smiles, 2011), unpaginated.