High Chest

Collection Type

  • Furniture

Date

1760-1780

GUSN

GUSN-46853

Description

High chest. Mahogany with white pine secondary wood. Top section has four long drawers and three short drawers. Top center drawer decorated with a carved shell. Scroll pediment, finials missing. Four drawers on bottom section. Carved fan on bottom center drawer. Rests on cabriole legs that terminate in ball and claw feet.

Details

Descriptive Terms

high chests of drawers
case furniture
mahogany (wood)
Norway spruce (wood)
Chippendale
Chest Of Drawers

Label

Made in the mid to late eighteenth century, this high chest of drawers demonstrates elements of the latest Boston style. The sharp, crisp corners of the knees signify a change from the rounded aesthetic of the earlier Queen Anne style. The raked side claws on the ball and claw feet grew very fashionable in Boston in the 1760s and later, and furniture historians often attribute this particular claw formation to Boston cabinetmakers. High chests like this one remained popular in New England long after they had fallen out of favor in England.

Maker

Unknown

Dimensions

82 15/16 x 40 15/16 x 22 3/16 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Huntley H. Gilbert

Accession Number

1963.349AB

Reference Notes

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

Places

Massachusetts (United States)