Chest of drawers

1765–75
Formerly attributed to John Goddard (American, 1723/24–1785)


Object Place: Newport, Rhode Island

Accession Number

1981.665

Medium or Technique

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

On View

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

Collections

Americas

Classifications

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.

Provenance

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.