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Chest of Drawers

1958.202 (RS80833)

Description

Chest of drawers. Oxbow (reverse serpentine) form. Mahogany primary wood and white pine seconday. Four drawers. Replaced brasses. Rests on ogee bracket feet,

Details

Label
Large feet that curve outward at the top and inward at the center, forming two cyma curves, support this Boston oxbow chest of drawers. Furniture historians refer to this foot form as the “ogee bracket foot,” or “swelled bracket,” a more labor-intensive, decorative variation of the straight bracket foot that appeared frequently in finely crafted Massachusetts furniture of this period. This chest was likely made in the second half of the eighteenth century, between roughly 1770 and 1795. The curved lines of the chest's facade and feet and the curving shape of the brasses reflect the taste in the second half of the eighteenth century for a style that is today referred to as rococo or Chippendale.
Maker
unknown
Date
1770-1795
Location of origin
Boston area
Associated Building
Original to Nickels-Sortwell House (Wiscasset, Me.).
Material
eastern white pine (wood)
mahogany (wood)
Object type
Furniture
Places
Probably Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Probably Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
Chest Of Drawers
chests of drawers
eastern white pine (wood)
mahogany (wood)
Dimensions
32 1/2 x 38 1/2 x 23 1/8 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1958.202
Credit Line
Bequest of Frances A. Sortwell
GUSN
26857

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