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Chest of Drawers

1958.80 (RS33687)

Description

Chest of drawers. Mahogany with white pine secondary wood. Shallow oxbow drawer facade. Rests on ogee bracket feet.

Details

Label
Crafted in the Boston area between 1764 and 1780, this oxbow chest of drawers was likely part of the bedchamber suite of Charles Barrett, a wealthy Massachusetts-born shopkeeper and land speculator who moved to New Ipswich, New Hampshire, after his marriage to Rebecca Minot. A fashionable oxbow curve graces his chest's mahogany façade, more labor-intensive than a straight surface. Furniture historians refer to a façade that protrudes outward at the sides and recesses inward at the center in one curved line as an “oxbow.” This chest features original brasses with stylish back plates and white pine interior wood which furniture historians term “secondary wood” due to its interior status compared to the exterior mahogany “primary” wood.<br/>
Maker
unknown
Date
1764-1780
Location of origin
MA
Material
brass (alloy)
Object type
Furniture
Places
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Descriptive terms
brass (alloy)
Chest Of Drawers
chests of drawers
Dimensions
30 1/4 x 34 x 21.5 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1958.80
Credit Line
Gift of Caroline Barr Wade
GUSN
17352

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