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Oak and black walnut. chest Paneled facade with two-panel sides and four-panel back. Panels feature applied ring and crosses. Triglyphs and bosses on upper rail. Applied split spindles. Missing lower portion which likely included two or four drawers.
red cedar (wood)
red oak (wood)
Norway spruce (wood)
The geometric patterns on the surface of this Boston chest were created by the use of applied red cedar moldings. Maple split spindles, painted black to resemble ebony, provide a colorful contrast with the light oak, red cedar, and black walnut also incorporated into the chest's façade. Considered a specimen of such singular craftsmanship and ornamentation, the late furniture historian Benno Forman dubbed this chest the the most important eastern Massachusetts chest in captivity. The chest's maker, who crafted the piece around 1635-1670 in Boston, followed the latest London fashion. Dutch craftsmen originally introduced the robust architectural style to England in the early seventeenth century. When London-based joiners influenced by the Dutch style immigrated to Boston, they brought their knowledge of urban furniture trends to the New World.
26 1/8 x 47 5/8 x 21 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)
Jobe, Brock and Myrna Kaye. New England Furniture: The Colonial Era. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1984.
Massachusetts (United States)
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)