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Bombe Chest of Drawers

1984.21 (RS30917)

Description

Mahogany bombe chest of drawers with rectangular molded edge top above a bombe case with four conforming and graduated drawers with cockbead molded surrounds above a base with a scroll skirt and an applied carved cockle shell at center, on four bracketed short cabriole legs with ball and claw feet. Large brass pulls and locks on front of drawers.

Details

Label
New York Winter Antique Show, January 2010: The swelled bombé form of this chest, popular among New England's eighteenth-century elite, required a particularly skilled craftsman. Recently furniture scholars have identified the maker of this chest as Nathaniel Gould, one of the most prolific cabinetmakers in Salem, Massachusetts. Based on the details of its construction and its provenance, they believe this chest is one listed in Gould's account books and sold to Andrew Cabot of Salem and Beverly in 1781.
Highlights of the furniture collection: The swelled bombe form of this chest, popular amongst New England's elite, required a particularly skilled craftsman. Recently furniture scholars have identified the craftsman as Nathaniel Gould, one of the most prolific cabinet makers in Salem, Massachusetts. Based on the details of its construction and its provenance, they believe this chest is the one listed in Gould's account books and sold to Andrew Cabot of Salem and Beverly in 1781.
Maker
Attributed to Gould, Nathaniel (Cabinetmaker)
Date
1781
Inscriptions
Top drawer: "5" Second drawer from top: "6" Third drawer from top: "7" Fourth drawer from top: "8" Under top: "Hay / [illegible] to [illegible]" (Chalk marks)
Location of origin
Salem, Massachusetts
Material
brass (alloy)
eastern white pine (wood)
mahogany (wood)
Object type
Furniture
Places
Massachusetts (United States)
Salem (Essex county, Massachusetts)
Descriptive terms
brass (alloy)
case furniture
Chest Of Drawers
eastern white pine (wood)
mahogany (wood)
People and organizations
Cabot, Andrew, Mr., 1750-1791
Dimensions
36 1/4 x 39 x 21 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1984.21
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Charles F. Batchelder, Jr.
GUSN
103642

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