Chest of drawers

Attributed to Joseph Clark (American, 1767–1851)

Object Place: Portsmouth or Greenland, New Hampshire

Catalogue Raisonné

Randall 35


Overall: 95.3 x 109.2 x 49.2 cm (37 1/2 x 43 x 19 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Birch, maple, mahogany, pine

Not On View




Case furniture and boxes

This straight-front chest of drawers has a rectangular top and sides of birch. The four drawers are uniform in size, and are veneered with burl maple within a cross-band of mahogany. There are oval brasses, rectangular escutcheons with cut corners, and beads on the case between the drawers. Across the base is a cross band of curly maple and in the shaped skirt is a dropped panel of flame maple with a mahogany border. The side skirts are shaped to a simple scallop, and the French bracket feet have spur brackets.


There are two chalk inscriptions, one on the back of the front of the third drawer and the other on the front of the back of the second drawer. The first reads: "Sam . . . Barnes (or Banes)" and the second "Samuel . . ."

The drawers are numbered on the back of the front from the bottom up in Roman numerals: I, II, III, IIII.

In pencil on back of top drawer: "No. 1"
In pencil on back of second and third drawers: "3"
In pencil on back of fourth drawer: "5"

There are inscriptions in ink on paper glued to the back of the case and to the inside of the top drawer that read: "Loaned by / C. Jay French / Boston / Mass. / October 1917."

In ink on bottom of top drawer: "C. Jay French"


Probably owned originally by Samuel Barnes of Portsmouth, New Hampshire; bought in New Hampshire; 1917, lent by C. Jay French, Boston, Massachusetts, October 18, 1917; 1922, made a gift by C. Jay French (Accession Date July 20, 1922)

Credit Line

Gift of C. Jay French