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Kansas City Collections: Art, Antiques, & Jewelry

Sat, Oct 28, 2023 11:00AM EDT
Lot 99

Theodore Alexander Washington Chest, Charles Spencer Signed

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"The Washington Chest," produced by Theodore Alexander for the Althorp Living History collection, reproducing notable antique furniture from the famed Spencer estate. The original 1650 English chest was owned by the Washington family before their emigration to America, and has long been housed in the Althorp House. The Washington chest is reproduced to extreme faithful accuracy, including applied distress to exactly match the wear present on the original (such as the long scuff underneath the lid). To the interior is a reproduction of a framed 1877 affidavit by a local priest who verified the chest had been owned by the Washington family.


Though Theodore Alexander continues to produce Althorp Living History collection ( suggests a retail of $6075 for the Washington chest, and individual dealers may offer as low as around $4500), this chest is from the original limited run, marker-signed by Charles Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer and younger brother of the late Princess Diana. Charles Spencer first granted Theodore Alexander the license to reproduce the Althorp House furniture in 2004. Measures 28 1/2" x 53" x 23".


Very good condition, with the majority of the wear being applied and original to the piece. There are a few new scuffs to the top of the lid.

Overall Dimensions
Height: 28.50 in
Width: 53.00 in
Depth: 23.00 in

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