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Chest on Frame

2.2011 (RS139496)

Description

Painted pine and maple chest on frame. Two short drawers over three on top of frame with drawer. S scroll legs, shaped front and side stretchers, bun feet.

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Label
This extraordinary chest is an icon in the history of American furniture. It represents the signature moment that marked the transition from medieval joinery to modern cabinetmaking. It is believed that the William and Mary style arrived in America when the English cabinetmaker John Brocas immigrated to Boston and was working there by 1696. Whether Titcomb saw examples of Brocas's work work or knew of imported pieces of William and Mary Furniture will never be known. But clearly he was aware of the new style and he took an astonsihing leap forward in creating his own example. His pride in the results is indicated by the oversized embellished inscription painted on the back, "Made by Edmund Titcomb."
Maker
Titcomb, Edmund, 1682-1723
Date
1703-1723
Location of origin
Newbury, Massachusetts
Object type
Furniture
Places
Massachusetts (United States)
Newbury (Essex county, Massachusetts)
Descriptive terms
Chest On Frame
chests on frames
Dimensions
51 1/2 x 42 x 21 3/4 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
2.2011
Credit Line
Loan from a Private Collection
GUSN
259616

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