"Taunton Chest" Box

Collection Type

  • Household accessories

Date

1725-1750

GUSN

GUSN-2304

Description

Overhanging molded rectangular lid with cotter-pin hinges, on case with single drawer, molded base, half round molding outlines case front and drawer; painted red-brown and decorated with fruit tree over two spread-wing birds in white, red, brown.

Details

Descriptive Terms

chests (case furniture)
boxes (containers)
painting (coating)
pine (wood)
Box

Label

Highlights from the furniture collection: Robert Crossman was a drummaker from Taunton, Massachusetts. About a dozen chests and boxes attributed to him survive, a number with painted dates ranging from 1729 to 1742. This is thought to be a particularly early example of his work. It was a prized belonging of renowned fork art collectors Bertrum and Nina Fletcher Little and ornaments the guest bedroom at their summer home, Cogswell's Grant.

Inscription

Typed jelly jar label on inner left side of drawer: ""Decorated box made by Robert Crossman[sic] of Taunton. Desc. in Macomber fam. of Taunton untill[sic] sold at auction by Herbert Macomber, Executor. It remained in Taunton till 1954.""

Associated Building

Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.),

Maker

Attributed to Crosman, Robert, 1707-1799 (Cabinetmaker)

Location of Origin

Taunton, MA, USA

Dimensions

10 x 17 x 9 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little

Accession Number

1991.312

Places

Massachusetts (United States)