Chest of drawers
Formerly attributed to John Goddard (American, 1723/24–1785)
Object Place: Newport, Rhode Island
Medium or Technique
Mahogany, red cedar, chestnut, pine, yellow-poplar
Marilyn and John F. Keane Family Gallery (Gallery 127)
This massive chest of drawers has a traditional history of ownership by Peter (Pierre) Simon, a French sea captain of Newport. The chest and its related objects stand apart from the block-and-shell furniture more commonly associated with Newport. This chest (or commode) was probably based on a British design source; it reflects an Anglo-American interpretation of French Rococo taste as well as the cosmopolitan nature of colonial Newport.
Thought to have been owned originally by Captain Peter (Pierre) Simon of Newport, Rhode Island; by descent in the family to the donor.
Gift of Mary Bowen Polk in memory of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Collyer Bowen.