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Possibly Thomas Cox or his son, James Cox [according to Christie’s, “The Cox Family Queen Anne Carved Cherrywood High Chest-of-Drawers,” Important American Furniture, Silver, Prints and Folk Art, October 9, 2002, lot 239, which quotes William Desmond, “Inventory of Antique Furniture,” 1904 and Fredonia Desmond, listing of furniture, date unknown]. Possibly William C. Desmond’s aunts; William C. Desmond (1824–1906), Philadelphia, PA, by 1904; bequeathed to Fredonia Medora Desmond (1859–1946), Point Pleasant, PA, March 13, 1904 [according to Christie’s, October 9, 2002, lot 239, which quotes William Desmond, “Inventory of Antique Furniture,” 1904]. Private collection, Pennsylvania, by c. 1940; sold, Christie’s, October 9, 2002, lot 239, with Seth Thayer as agent to Marshall Field V, Illinois; given to the Art Institute of Chicago, 2021.
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