Chest of drawers

John Symonds (American (born in England), 1595–1671), Or James Symonds (American (born in England), 1633–1714), Or Samuel Symonds (American, 1638–1722)

Object Place: Salem, Massachusetts, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Randall 25


98.4 x 102.2 x 54.3 cm (38 3/4 x 40 1/4 x 21 3/8 in. )

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Oak, pine, walnut, cedar, maple

On View

Manning House (Gallery LG36)




Case furniture and boxes

Architectonic case furniture with applied, geometric moldings is characteristic of objects made in a cabinetmaking tradition established by members of the Symonds family. The shop was established by John Symonds, who came to Salem in 1636 from Great Yarmouth, England. This chest probably was made by one of his sons, who carried on the shop tradition.


Early history unknown; acquired by the collector Charles Hitchcock Tyler before 1932, and included in his bequest of that year.

Credit Line

Bequest of Charles Hitchcock Tyler