Lost + Found Family Heirloom : High chest and Dressing Table

Title

Lost + Found Family Heirloom : High chest and Dressing Table

Subject

Heirlooms

Description

In 1976 my great aunt, sold family heirlooms; a japanned high chest and dressing table to Zeke Liverant, an antique dealer from Colchester, CT, who sold them to Albert Sack for the Kaufman's, renown collectors and philanthropists.  

The high chest had been a treasured family heirloom for more than 250 years, passed down over the generations from our New England ancestors.

The high chest by John Scottow, who had been a neighbor of the Abbott and Cogswell families of Boston. The dresser was by Randle Davis shop also in Boston. Financial necessity prompted the sale to a private collector.  Up until then family tradition was to donate papers or items with historical significance  to public museums such as the Connecticut Historical Society and Wadsworth Athenaeum. 

Today we are grateful knowing our lost and now found heirlooms have a permanent home, accessible to the public today and in the future. The high chest at VMFA and dressing table at National Museum of Art in DC 

Media: 

https://www.antiquesandthearts.com/a-tribute-to-albert-sack/







https://www.vmfa.museum/piction/6027262-12962242/

The comments about these heirlooms by Caroline Welling Van Deusen. Nov 10, 2020

Creator

Caroline Welling Van Deusen, Project Archivist

Original Format

Lost + Found Family Heirlooms: Japanned High Chest and Dressing Table

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Date Added
April 11, 2012
Collection
OBJECTS
Item Type
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Citation
Caroline Welling Van Deusen, Project Archivist, “Lost + Found Family Heirloom : High chest and Dressing Table,” E - A r c h i V e s , accessed March 7, 2021, https://citizenarchivist.omeka.net/items/show/543.