"Taunton Chest" Box
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.
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.
Attributed to Crosman, Robert, 1707-1799 (Cabinetmaker)
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.).
- Object type
Massachusetts (United States)
- Descriptive terms
chests (case furniture)
- 10 x 17 x 9 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)
- Accession Number
- Credit Line
- Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little