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High chest

1963.349AB (RS33280)

Description

High chest. Mahogany with white pine secondary wood. Top section has four long drawers and three short drawers. Top center drawer decorated with a carved shell. Scroll pediment, finials missing. Four drawers on bottom section. Carved fan on bottom center drawer. Rests on cabriole legs that terminate in ball and claw feet.

Details

Label
Made in the mid to late eighteenth century, this high chest of drawers demonstrates elements of the latest Boston style. The sharp, crisp corners of the knees signify a change from the rounded aesthetic of the earlier Queen Anne style. The raked side claws on the ball and claw feet grew very fashionable in Boston in the 1760s and later, and furniture historians often attribute this particular claw formation to Boston cabinetmakers. High chests like this one remained popular in New England long after they had fallen out of favor in England.<br/>
Maker
unknown
Date
1760-1780
Material
Norway spruce (wood)
mahogany (wood)
Object type
Furniture
Places
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
case furniture
Chest Of Drawers
Chippendale
high chests of drawers
mahogany (wood)
Norway spruce (wood)
Dimensions
82 15/16 x 40 15/16 x 22 3/16 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1963.349AB
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Huntley H. Gilbert
GUSN
46853
Reference Notes
Jobe, Brock and Myrna Kaye. New England Furniture: The Colonial Era. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1984.

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