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High Chest

1976.189 (RS33367)

Description

High chest of drawers made of black walnut and white pine. Upper case has a flat top with heavy cornice moldings and three small drawers over three larger drawers. Heavy overhanging molding at mid-section. Bottom case has three-over-three drawers, deeply shaped skirt with missing drop finials. Soft rounded knees, cabriole legs, and pad feet. Replaced brasses.

Details

Label
In the early and mid-eighteenth century, high chests of drawers accompanied dressing tables as sets of case furniture made exclusively for bedchambers. The design of the dressing table often echoed that of the high chest, using identical woods and similar decorative details. Before the chest on chest rose to fashion, the locked high chest of drawers played a significant role in the storage of valuable textiles. This example, produced around 1734-1745, features elements of both the earlier William and Mary and contemporary Queen Anne stylistic periods. Its massive moldings on the waist and cornice, drawer configuration, and skirt design link it to the William and Mary style, yet it also features cabriole legs and pad feet of the Queen Anne period. Such idiosyncrasies liken it to furniture made in northeastern Massachusetts and coastal New Hampshire.
Maker
unknown
Date
1735-1745
Location of origin
Northeastern Massachusetts; Coastal New Hampshire
Associated Building
Used At Dole-Little House (Newbury, Mass.). Associated With Seddon Tavern (Newbury, Mass.).
Material
black walnut (wood)
eastern white pine (wood)
Object type
Furniture
Descriptive terms
black walnut (wood)
Chest Of Drawers
eastern white pine (wood)
high chests of drawers
Dimensions
71 7/16 x 40 9/16 x 22 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1976.189
Credit Line
Estate of Florence Evans Bushee
GUSN
244305

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