Two local auctions houses are having their big fall sales today (Friday). It might surprise you to know that I managed to make it to previews for both of them.
As luck would have it, there were mule chests at both. Not quite the quality as the Catalan chests in my last blog but certainly better than the American example I showed.
The oldest is this late 18th century chest billed as an English Lancashire Mule Chest of Drawers:
The top really does open. There was too much stuff on top with too many people around to prove it to you. The lid breaks just ahead of the gallery.
Next is this early 19th century North Carolina Piedmont 2 Drawer Mule Chest:
From the same auction is this mid 19th century Mid Atlantic Painted Decorated Miniature Mule Chest:
And finally is this mid 19th century Tennessee Cherry Lift-Top Sugar Press:
And that’s all I have for now. More later as I sort it all out.