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High Chest of Drawers

A work made of mahogany and white pine.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of mahogany and white pine.

Date:

1760/75

Artist:

Artist unknown
American, 18th century
Salem, Massachusetts

About this artwork

This high chest is an excellent example of Newport’s stylistic interpretation of the high chest form and a testament to the genius of the Goddard-Townsend school of cabinetmaking. The applied, raised panels on the top of the façade work to harmoniously integrate the bonnet to the rest of the chest. The ornament is subdued, accentuating the form rather than fighting it. The pierced claws of the feet are a particular characteristic of 18th-century Newport cabinetry.

On View

American Art, Gallery 167

Artist

Artist unknown

Title

High Chest of Drawers

Origin

Salem

Date

c. 1760–1775

Medium

Mahogany and white pine

Dimensions

217.2 × 102.8 × 50.8 cm (85 1/2 × 40 1/2 × 20 in.)

Credit Line

Bequest of William McCormick Blair Estate

Reference Number

1984.714

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