Chest of Drawers

Collection Type

  • Furniture

Date

1665-1685

GUSN

GUSN-54922

Description

Chest of drawers. Red oak with white pine and poplar secondary wood. Four drawers with two-paneled drawer fronts and heavy molding. Two-paneled sides Heavy basal and top moldings. Each drawer contains an incised number for identification. Rests on heavy ball feet.

Details

Descriptive Terms

chests of drawers
case furniture
poplar (wood)
red oak (wood)
Norway spruce (wood)
Chest Of Drawers

Label

The chests of drawers in which seventeenth-century Massachusetts colonists placed their cherished textiles did not often display drawers of equal height like the ones on this Middlesex County example, produced about 1665-1685. The broad channel moldings that adorn the drawer dividers on the chest's façade and side rails also make the piece exceptionally rare. Another unusual feature lies within the chest's drawers. The craftsman used a chisel to incise numbers into the fronts and sides of each drawer. Such identification eased the process of assembly, because the fronts and sides marked with the same number identified them as parts that matched to form an individual drawer. In both style and construction, the shop that produced this piece revealed a distinctive style.

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

MA

Dimensions

36 7/8 x 44 5/16 x 21 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Museum Purchase

Accession Number

1949.85

Reference Notes

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

Places

Middlesex county (Massachusetts) [county]
Possibly Cambridge (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)