Cupboard

1675–1700
Attributed to Peter Blin (died in 1725)


Object Place: Wethersfield, Connecticut, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Randall 23

Dimensions

140.33 x 125.09 x 55.24 cm (55 1/4 x 49 1/4 x 21 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

32.273

Medium or Technique

Oak, pine, maple, cedar

On View

Manning House (Gallery LG36)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Case furniture and boxes

This cupboard is part of a large group of Connecticut furniture-perhaps as many as eighty-five pieces-decorated with carved, “tulip-and-sunflower” decoration; many have histories in the Hartford-Wethersfield area. Long associated with joiner Peter Blin, the objects now are believed to be the work of several craftsmen also from central Connecticut. The eclectic mix of flat carvings of abstracted tulips and marigolds; applied spindles and bosses (painted black to simulate expensive, imported ebony); and architectonic moldings and overhangs reveal the breadth of stylistic influences in Connecticut during the first generations after settlement. Reportedly, the Hathaway family of Hartford and Suffield originally owned this chest.

Provenance

Originally owned in the Hathaway family of Hartford and Suffield, Connecticut; owned by Charles Hitchcock Tyler of Boston as early as 1911; bequeathed by Tyler to the Museum in 1932 (Accession Date: September 1, 1932)

Credit Line

Bequest of Charles Hitchcock Tyler