Chest of Drawers

Collection Type

  • Furniture






Panelled chest of drawers. Black walnut primary wood with Spanish cedar, white pine, red oak, and tulipwood. Coved cornice attached to edges of top. Joined case with two-panel sides. Drawer fronts composed of boards with applied moldings to simulate panels. X-shaped geometric molding on second tier of drawers. Case rests on ball feet.


Descriptive Terms

chests of drawers
black walnut (wood)
eastern white pine (wood)
Spanish cedar (wood)
American tulipwood (wood)
red oak (wood)
brass (alloy)
Chest Of Drawers


Although native to North America, the rich, dark wood of the black walnut tree had just entered the lexicon of American woodworking craftsmen in 1670. This chest of drawers, produced in the Boston area around the years 1670-1700, exhibits the liberal use of the dark brown wood, onto which the chest's craftsman added applied moldings in bold geometric patterns. Such patterns bear aesthetic similarities to English examples made at the same time. In addition to black walnut, the joiner who made this chest included Spanish cedar, white pine, red oak, and tulipwood in its construction. A number of chests of drawers with similar design and construction survive. Those with histories are linked to Boston. This chest of drawers is on display at the Winslow Crocker House in Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts.

Associated Building

Used At Winslow Crocker House (Yarmouth Port, Mass.),



Location of Origin



38 3/8 x 38 3/4 x 22 3/4 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Guido Perera

Accession Number



Yarmouth Port (Yarmouth, Barnstable county, Massachusetts) [neighborhood]
Massachusetts (United States)
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)