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A rare 1786-90 Chippendale mahogany chest of drawers with the label of a Charlestown cabinetmaker is among the offerings at Northeast Auctions’ Spring Weekend Auction Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. at Treadwell Mansion, 93 Pleasant St., Portsmouth, N.H.
The label in the top drawer of the chest, which has a $20,000-$40,000 estimate, is printed “Jacob Forster, Cabinet Maker, Charlestown, Massachusetts.” Forster (1764-1838), a Berwick, Maine, native, apprenticed in Watertown and moved to Charlestown in 1786. It was a perfect time for a cabinetmaker to locate in Charlestown as families were returning to restore and furnish homes damaged or destroyed during the Battle of Bunker Hill.
Another rare example of 18th-century Massachusetts furniture is the circa 1760 Queen Anne walnut tray-top table that also has a $20,000-$40,000 estimate.