Chest with Drawers
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.
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.
- Location of origin
- Eastern MA
- Associated Building
- Used At Boardman House (Saugus, Mass.).
- Object type
- Furniture; Storage & Display Furniture
Massachusetts (United States)
- Descriptive terms
- 34 1/4 x 37 5/8 x 18 7/8 (HxWxD) (inches)
- Accession Number
- Credit Line
- Museum Accession
- Reference Notes
- Jobe, Brock and Myrna Kaye. New England Furniture: The Colonial Era. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1984.