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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.
high chests of drawers
Norway spruce (wood)
Chest Of Drawers
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.
82 15/16 x 40 15/16 x 22 3/16 (HxWxD) (inches)
Gift of Mrs. Huntley H. Gilbert
Jobe, Brock and Myrna Kaye. New England Furniture: The Colonial Era. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1984.
Massachusetts (United States)