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Chest of Drawers

1949.85 (RS132215)

Description

Chest of drawers. Red oak with white pine and poplar secondary wood. Four drawers with two-paneled drawer fronts and heavy molding. Two-paneled sides Heavy basal and top moldings. Each drawer contains an incised number for identification. Rests on heavy ball feet.

Details

Label
The chests of drawers in which seventeenth-century Massachusetts colonists placed their cherished textiles did not often display drawers of equal height like the ones on this Middlesex County example, produced about 1665-1685. The broad channel moldings that adorn the drawer dividers on the chest's façade and side rails also make the piece exceptionally rare. Another unusual feature lies within the chest's drawers. The craftsman used a chisel to incise numbers into the fronts and sides of each drawer. Such identification eased the process of assembly, because the fronts and sides marked with the same number identified them as parts that matched to form an individual drawer. In both style and construction, the shop that produced this piece revealed a distinctive style.
Maker
unknown
Date
1665-1685
Location of origin
MA
Material
Norway spruce (wood)
poplar (wood)
red oak (wood)
Object type
Furniture
Places
Middlesex county (Massachusetts) [county]
Possibly Cambridge (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)
Descriptive terms
case furniture
Chest Of Drawers
chests of drawers
Norway spruce (wood)
poplar (wood)
red oak (wood)
Dimensions
36 7/8 x 44 5/16 x 21 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1949.85
Credit Line
Museum Purchase
GUSN
54922
Reference Notes
Jobe, Brock and Myrna Kaye. New England Furniture: The Colonial Era. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1984.

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