Chest with Drawers

Collection Type

  • Furniture

Date

1750-1775

GUSN

GUSN-41202

Description

Chest with two drawers. White pine. Three-board back. Quarter-round bead on drawer fronts. Shaped bracket feet. Some of original red paint remains visible beneath second coat of red.

Details

Descriptive Terms

blanket chests
case furniture
painting (coating)
pine (wood)
Chest
Chest

Label

Intricate, cloud-like shaping in the brackets of the feet and neatly crafted moldings add visual appeal to this simple yet finely made eastern Massachusetts chest with drawers produced around the years 1750-1775. Found in the attic of the Boardman House, a Historic New England property in Saugus, Massachusetts, this chest once held the tablecloths, blankets, and towels of a household. Painted red like much Massachusetts furniture of its period, the piece lacks the applied moldings that provided the appearance of two false drawers. However, the craftsmanship of its feet and neat drawer moldings compensate for the absence of exterior detail.

Associated Building

Used At Boardman House (Saugus, Mass.),

Additional Identification Number

A2329

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Eastern MA

Dimensions

34 1/4 x 37 5/8 x 18 7/8 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Museum Accession

Accession Number

1975.181

Reference Notes

Jobe, Brock and Myrna Kaye. New England Furniture: The Colonial Era. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1984.

Places

Massachusetts (United States)
Massachusetts (United States)