RARE CHIPPENDALE CARVED CHERRYWOOD DESK AND BOOKCASE, attributed to Calvin Willey, probably Lenox, Massachusetts, ca. 1790
RARE CHIPPENDALE CARVED CHERRYWOOD DESK AND BOOKCASE, attributed to Calvin Willey, probably Lenox, Massachusetts, ca. 1790 height: 90 in., width: 39 in., depth: 21 in.
Provenance: The Estate of a Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts Gentleman.
Other Notes: Calvin Willey was born in 1769 in East Haddam, Connecticut and learned his trade as an apprentice to a Colchester, Connecticut school cabinetmaker. After he completed his apprenticeship he moved to Lenox, Massachusetts where he made many of the pieces of case furniture known to be by him. A similar Chippendale Carved Cherrywood Bonnet-Top Desk and Bookcase, signed by Calvin Willey, was sold at Sotheby's New York, January 22, 2006, lot 534; and an unsigned Chippendale Carved Cherrywood Bonnet-Top high Chest-of-Drawers, attributed to Calvin Willey, was sold at Christie's New York, January 20, 2012, lot 107.
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