Said to have been owned by Governor Robert Treat (ca. 1622–1710) of Milford, this cupboard represents the school of joinery that produced the most sophisticated case pieces in seventeenthcentury Connecticut. It has a prominent paneled door and sides with central cruciform and is decorated with applied bosses and half spindles. The applied decoration was made of several different woods, which originally gave the piece a livelier, varicolored surface.
Governor Robert Treat, Milford, Connecticut, until died 1710; by descent, Robert Treat Merwin, New Haven, Connecticut, until died ca. 1899; by descent, Mrs. Albert W. Mattoon, New Haven, by 1901–1921; Charles Woolsey Lyon, Albany, New York, 1921; Mrs. J. Insley Blair, Tuxedo Park, New York, 1921–died 1951; her daughter, Mrs. J. Woodhull Overton, Newburgh, New York, 1951–1953