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Chest with Drawers

1975.181 (RS132217)

Description

Chest with two drawers. White pine. Three-board back. Quarter-round bead on drawer fronts. Shaped bracket feet. Some of original red paint remains visible beneath second coat of red.

Details

Label
Intricate, cloud-like shaping in the brackets of the feet and neatly crafted moldings add visual appeal to this simple yet finely made eastern Massachusetts chest with drawers produced around the years 1750-1775. Found in the attic of the Boardman House, a Historic New England property in Saugus, Massachusetts, this chest once held the tablecloths, blankets, and towels of a household. Painted red like much Massachusetts furniture of its period, the piece lacks the applied moldings that provided the appearance of two false drawers. However, the craftsmanship of its feet and neat drawer moldings compensate for the absence of exterior detail.
Maker
unknown
Date
1750-1775
Location of origin
Eastern MA
Associated Building
Used At Boardman House (Saugus, Mass.).
Material
painting (coating)
pine (wood)
Object type
Furniture; Storage & Display Furniture
Places
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
blanket chests
case furniture
Chest
painting (coating)
pine (wood)
Dimensions
34 1/4 x 37 5/8 x 18 7/8 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1975.181
Credit Line
Museum Accession
GUSN
41202
Reference Notes
Jobe, Brock and Myrna Kaye. New England Furniture: The Colonial Era. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1984.

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