Chest of Drawers with Doors
This paneled chest of drawers, with its subtle color play between the different exotic woods used for the turnings and veneers on its facade, is one of the most complex pieces of American seventeenth-century furniture. This chest underscores the cosmopolitan nature of Boston in the middle of the seventeenth century, with the aesthetic underpinnings coming from high Anglo-Dutch style.
Each case frame, principally white oak and red oak; drawer runners, panels, drawer fronts, most drawer sides and backs, white oak and red oak; top bottom of upper case, top back rail of upper case, some of drawer linings, chestnut; one board in bottom of middle drawer in lower case, eastern white pine; front feet, soft maple; door frames in lower case, corbels and plaques underneath them, dentils, probably American black walnut; top and bottom of lower case, some drawer linings, light-colored, shaped moldings on doors in lower case, on small drawers in upper case, and most of same type of molding on deep drawers in upper case, cedar; applied bosses, probably maple or cherry; replaced small bosses on upper case, beech; edge molding on top of upper case, flat, beveled moldings on small drawers in upper case, molding separating these drawers from deep drawer below, wide, beveled moldings and some of the thin, shaped moldings on deep drawer, base molding of upper case, torus molding at top of lower case, triglyphs, molding below triglyphs, base molding of lower case, cedrela (Cedrela odorata); flat panels of dark, reddish-brown wood with irregular black markings on small drawers in upper case, on deep drawer in upper case, and on doors of lower case, spindles on upper case, snakewood (Piratinera guianensis); spindles on lower case, rosewood (Dalbergia spp.); pulls on small drawers in upper case, lignum vitae (Guaiacum spp.).
48 7/8 × 45 13/16 × 23 11/16 in. (124.1 × 116.3 × 60.2 cm)
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Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
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