Black Unicorn Chest To Be Sold In Spring

Christie’s To Sell David Rockefeller Collection

February 9, 2018

The collection of Peggy (1915-96) and David Rockefeller (1915-2017) is being sold at Christie’s in New York City in the spring (date-to-be-determined). Involved in major philanthropic endeavors, all estate proceeds will benefit various charities.
For those interested in Pennsylvania German folk art, a black unicorn paint-decorated poplar chest-over-drawers, Bern Township, Berks County, Pa., circa 1790, will be among the offerings in this anticipated sale (est. $40,000-$80,000). It is a rare 18th-century survivor from a small group of paint-decorated chests referred to as “black-unicorn chests.” David Rockefeller’s father, John D. Rockefeller Jr., was instrumental in the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg, where this chest was housed in the 1930s and much of the ’40s.
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