Chest of drawers

Formerly attributed to John Goddard (American, 1723/24–1785)

Object Place: Newport, Rhode Island

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Mahogany, red cedar, chestnut, pine, yellow-poplar

On View

Marilyn and John F. Keane Family Gallery (Gallery 127)




Case furniture and boxes

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.

Credit Line

Gift of Mary Bowen Polk in memory of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Collyer Bowen.