Treasure #92 Highboy Tall Chests

Highboy tall chests

Highboy tall chests

The Museum’s Hale House has three excellent examples of Queen Anne-style highboy tall chests. They are almost certainly all New England-built by talented cabinetmakers ca. 1760. Queen Anne furniture dates from the mid- to late- 18th century and is characterized by its vertical grace and lightness. Most have cabriolet legs on pad feet, intricate carvings of fans or shells, scalloped aprons, brass drawer pulls, and either a molded cornice flat-top or a “broken pediment” arch with flame or urn finials. There were several renowned cabinetmakers working in coastal New Hampshire at that time, so it is possible that these beautiful pieces were made locally.

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