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High Chest

1973.328AB (RS33479)

Description

High chest. Cherry, hard maple, red oak, white pine and yellow pine. Top section has a flat top with molded edges. Four drawers with replaced hardware. Two fluted pilasters on either side. Bottom case has one drawer over three drawers. Carved fan on central drawer. Skirt has ogee arches with two drop finials. Cabriole legs. Squared knees and chamfered feet.

Details

Label
House joiners produced the frames of houses in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and sometimes they constructed furniture as well. The sturdy, angular lines of this Concord, Massachusetts high chest, made about 1755-1775, reflect the work of a craftsman conditioned to build solid house frames. Even the Queen Anne cabriole legs, which typically add delicate lines to furniture, appear stiff and unyielding. Furniture historians cite Joseph Hosmer, a noted Concord joiner, furniture maker, farmer, and patriot, as the possible maker of this piece.
Maker
Attributed to Hosmer, Joseph, 1735-1823
Date
1755-1775
Material
cherry (wood)
maple (wood)
red oak (wood)
yellow pine (wood, general)
Object type
Furniture
Places
Concord (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
cherry (wood)
Chest Of Drawers
high chests of drawers
maple (wood)
red oak (wood)
yellow pine (wood, general)
Dimensions
67 7/8 x 42 3/8 x 21 1/4 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1973.328AB
Credit Line
Bequest of Ellen M. Jones and Alice E. Jones
GUSN
244298

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