Skip to content

Search Collections

"Taunton Chest" Box

1991.312 (RS35166)

Description

Overhanging molded rectangular lid with cotter-pin hinges, on case with single drawer, molded base, half round molding outlines case front and drawer; painted red-brown and decorated with fruit tree over two spread-wing birds in white, red, brown.

Details

Label
Highlights from the furniture collection: Robert Crossman was a drummaker from Taunton, Massachusetts. About a dozen chests and boxes attributed to him survive, a number with painted dates ranging from 1729 to 1742. This is thought to be a particularly early example of his work. It was a prized belonging of renowned fork art collectors Bertrum and Nina Fletcher Little and ornaments the guest bedroom at their summer home, Cogswell's Grant.
Maker
Attributed to Crosman, Robert, 1707-1799 (Cabinetmaker)
Date
1725-1750
Inscriptions
Typed jelly jar label on inner left side of drawer: ""Decorated box made by Robert Crossman[sic] of Taunton. Desc. in Macomber fam. of Taunton untill[sic] sold at auction by Herbert Macomber, Executor. It remained in Taunton till 1954.""
Location of origin
Taunton, MA, USA
Associated Building
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.).
Material
painting (coating)
pine (wood)
Object type
Container
Places
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
Box
boxes (containers)
chests (case furniture)
painting (coating)
pine (wood)
Dimensions
10 x 17 x 9 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1991.312
Credit Line
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
GUSN
2304

Comments