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Chest of Drawers

1987.34 (RS24489)

Description

Chest of drawers. Oak, black walnut, American red cedar, maple, chestnut, with white pine secondary wood and possibly cedrela. Coved cornice attached to edges of top. Composed of upper and lower cases. Joined case with two-panel sides. Drawer fronts composed of boards with applied moldings. H-shaped geometric molding on second-to-top drawers. X-shaped geometric molding on bottom two tiers of drawers. Case rests on ball front feet with worn pads.

Details

Label
"Cherished Possessions": This chest of drawers belonged to the Pierce family of Dorchester, Massachusetts, and is listed in John Pierce's probate inventory of 1744 as "a chest of drawers in the West Chamber," valued at £2. The Pierces may have purchased this chest as early as 1670, when chests of this sort first appeared in Boston, Massachusetts.<br/> These chests were usually used to store expensive textiles. In a formal room downstairs, they would contain napkins, tablecovers, slipcovers, curtains, and the like; in a bedchamber, they were used to hold clothing and bedding.
Highlights of the furniture collection: The Pierce family of Dorchester, Massachusetts, may have purchased this chest of drawers as early as 1670, when chests of this sort first appeared in Boston, Massachusetts. It is listed in John Pierce's probate inventory of 1744 as "a chest of drawers in the West Chamber," valued at 2 pounds.
Maker
Attributed to Mason, Messenger and Edsall (Maker)
Attributed to Mason, Ralph, 1599-1678/79
Attributed to Messenger, Henry, d. 1681
Attributed to Edsall, Thomas, 1588-1676
Date
1670-1700
Material
black walnut (wood)
chestnut (wood)
eastern white pine (wood)
maple (wood)
oak (wood)
red cedar (wood)
Object type
Furniture
Places
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
? oak (wood)
black walnut (wood)
case furniture
Chest Of Drawers
chestnut (wood)
chests-on-chests
eastern white pine (wood)
maple (wood)
red cedar (wood)
Dimensions
37 1/2 x 39 1/2 x 23 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1987.34
Credit Line
Museum purchase with funds provided by an anonymous gift.
GUSN
51322

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