Chest of Drawers

Collection Type

  • Furniture

Date

1770-1795

GUSN

GUSN-26857

Description

Chest of drawers. Oxbow (reverse serpentine) form. Mahogany primary wood and white pine seconday. Four drawers. Replaced brasses. Rests on ogee bracket feet,

Details

Descriptive Terms

chests of drawers
mahogany (wood)
eastern white pine (wood)
Chest Of Drawers

Label

Large feet that curve outward at the top and inward at the center, forming two cyma curves, support this Boston oxbow chest of drawers. Furniture historians refer to this foot form as the “ogee bracket foot,” or “swelled bracket,” a more labor-intensive, decorative variation of the straight bracket foot that appeared frequently in finely crafted Massachusetts furniture of this period. This chest was likely made in the second half of the eighteenth century, between roughly 1770 and 1795. The curved lines of the chest's facade and feet and the curving shape of the brasses reflect the taste in the second half of the eighteenth century for a style that is today referred to as rococo or Chippendale.

Associated Building

Original to Nickels-Sortwell House (Wiscasset, Me.),

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Boston area

Dimensions

32 1/2 x 38 1/2 x 23 1/8 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Bequest of Frances A. Sortwell

Accession Number

1958.202

Places

Probably Massachusetts (United States)
Probably Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)