About this artwork
Small-scale case furniture is rare. Too large to have served as a cabinetmaker’s model and lacking locks on the drawers to protect valuables, the piece was made for use by a child. The high chest bears an 18th-century inscription in one of the small drawers that identifies it as the one in which the young owner, Sally King of Salem, kept her clothing. Born in Salem in 1783, Sally King was likely the second owner of the chest.
- On View, Gallery 167
- Arts of the Americas
- Artist unknown
- High Chest of Drawers
- Salem (Object made in)
- c. 1750–1770
- Mahogany with white pine and cedar
- Inscribed in pencil on the proper right drawer side of the proper right drawer on the base: "Sally Kings draw she keeps her shifts in" and "Salem"
- 153.7 × 67.3 × 36.5 cm (60 1/2 × 26 1/2 × 14 3/8 in.)
- Purchased with funds provided by the Antiquarian Society through the Mrs. Edgar J. Uihlein Fund