By Morrison H Heckscher; Mary-Alice Rogers
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Of the sixty-six pieces the Museum purchased from Palmer, forty-one were American, twenty-eight of them in the Queen Anne or Chippendale style. Preeminent among the latter, seventeen of which appear in this catalogue, are the Cadwalader slab table (cat. no. 97)-perhaps the finest known piece of American carved furniture-and the Philadelphia high chests and dressing tables (cat. nos. [65-[ 68) enthusiastically attributed to the newly discovered cabinetmaker William Savery by Halsey in a December [9 [8 Bulletin article.
Eugene Bolles, Boston . On loan by the MMA to the Kenmore Associatio n, Fredericksburg, Virginia, from 1931 to 1978. CONSTRUCT ION: The back is serpentine in profil e. On the posts, the stiles are mold ed in fro nt and flat behind ; the rear legs are beveled on all four corners between the seat and the stretchers. Rectangular vert ical supports tenoned to th e crest and the botto m rail frame the splat. Th e bottom edges of the front and side seat rails are shaped: on the front, with symmetrical scallops; on the sides, with flat arches ending at the rear in serpentine curves.
155, [56, 210), the group included a William and Mary high chest and an English dressing glass. No other such group is known. Combined at the Museum with the japanned high chest and dressing table from the Bolles collection (cat. nos. 153, [54), it constitutes the largest existing representation of the type. Of the mere handful of women collectors of note in the first half of the twentieth century, one from New York made a lasting mark on the American Wing. For many years Natalie K. Blair (Mrs.
American furniture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. II ; Late colonial period: the Queen Anne and Chippendale styles by Morrison H Heckscher; Mary-Alice Rogers