High Chest

Collection Type

  • Furniture

Date

1755-1775

GUSN

GUSN-244298

Description

High chest. Cherry, hard maple, red oak, white pine and yellow pine. Top section has a flat top with molded edges. Four drawers with replaced hardware. Two fluted pilasters on either side. Bottom case has one drawer over three drawers. Carved fan on central drawer. Skirt has ogee arches with two drop finials. Cabriole legs. Squared knees and chamfered feet.

Details

Descriptive Terms

high chests of drawers
cherry (wood)
red oak (wood)
maple (wood)
yellow pine (wood, general)
Chest Of Drawers

Label

House joiners produced the frames of houses in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and sometimes they constructed furniture as well. The sturdy, angular lines of this Concord, Massachusetts high chest, made about 1755-1775, reflect the work of a craftsman conditioned to build solid house frames. Even the Queen Anne cabriole legs, which typically add delicate lines to furniture, appear stiff and unyielding. Furniture historians cite Joseph Hosmer, a noted Concord joiner, furniture maker, farmer, and patriot, as the possible maker of this piece.

Maker

Attributed to Hosmer, Joseph, 1735-1823

Dimensions

67 7/8 x 42 3/8 x 21 1/4 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Bequest of Ellen M. Jones and Alice E. Jones

Accession Number

1973.328AB

Places

Concord (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)
Massachusetts (United States)