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Attributed to Eliphalet Chapin (American, 1741–1807)

Object Place: Connecticut


Overall: 218.4 x 115.6 x 59.7 cm (86 x 45 1/2 x 23 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Cherry, pine, brass

Not On View




Case furniture and boxes

Pediment is detachable; secret compartments in pediment


Said to have descended in the family of Mary Chapin (b. 1763) of Enfield, Connecticut, first cousin of Eliphalet Chapin; by descent to the Childs family, Woodstock, Connecticut; by 1964, sold by the family to Eden Galleries, Longmeadow, Massachusetts [see note 1]; by 1966, Florene Maine, Ridgefield, Connecticut [see note 2]; August 1977, consigned by Maine at Robert Skinner auction, Ridgefield, Connecticut [see note 2] to Robert and Mary Lou Sutter, Mamaroneck, New York; 2017, bequest of the Sutters to the MFA. (Accession date: June 21, 2017)

[1] Eden Galleries advertisement, The Magazine Antiques, August 1964, p. 155.
[2] Florene Maine advertisements, The Magazine Antiques, August 1966, p. 143, March 1973, p. 408.
[2] "Robert Skinner at Ridgefield, Conn.: The Florene Maine Sale," Maine Antique Digest, October 1977, p. 1-B.

Credit Line

Bequest of Robert C. and Mary Lou Sutter