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Chest of Drawers

1971.66 (RS97568)

Description

Panelled chest of drawers. Black walnut primary wood with Spanish cedar, white pine, red oak, and tulipwood. Coved cornice attached to edges of top. Joined case with two-panel sides. Drawer fronts composed of boards with applied moldings to simulate panels. X-shaped geometric molding on second tier of drawers. Case rests on ball feet.

Details

Label
Although native to North America, the rich, dark wood of the black walnut tree had just entered the lexicon of American woodworking craftsmen in 1670. This chest of drawers, produced in the Boston area around the years 1670-1700, exhibits the liberal use of the dark brown wood, onto which the chest's craftsman added applied moldings in bold geometric patterns. Such patterns bear aesthetic similarities to English examples made at the same time. In addition to black walnut, the joiner who made this chest included Spanish cedar, white pine, red oak, and tulipwood in its construction. A number of chests of drawers with similar design and construction survive. Those with histories are linked to Boston. This chest of drawers is on display at the Winslow Crocker House in Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts.
Maker
unknown
Date
1670-1700
Location of origin
MA
Associated Building
Used At Winslow Crocker House (Yarmouth Port, Mass.). Thacher House (Yarmouth Port, Mass.).
Material
American tulipwood (wood)
Spanish cedar (wood)
black walnut (wood)
brass (alloy)
eastern white pine (wood)
red oak (wood)
Object type
Furniture
Places
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Massachusetts (United States)
Yarmouth Port (Yarmouth, Barnstable county, Massachusetts) [neighborhood]
Descriptive terms
American tulipwood (wood)
black walnut (wood)
brass (alloy)
Chest Of Drawers
chests of drawers
eastern white pine (wood)
red oak (wood)
Spanish cedar (wood)
Dimensions
38 3/8 x 38 3/4 x 22 3/4 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1971.66
Credit Line
Gift of Guido Perera
GUSN
241372

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