Chest of Drawers

English
about 1740-60


Object Place: Europe, England

Dimensions

Overall: 84.76 x 116.54 x 62.86 cm (33 3/8 x 45 7/8 x 24 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

36.272

Medium or Technique

Wood; mahogany, mahogany veneer on oak, deal (softwood), brass

On View

Alan and Simone Hartman Galleries (Gallery 241B)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Furniture

Mahogany. Serpentine front, cut corners with carved and molded brackets. Green baize covered sliding shelf above four drawers with brass bail handles. molding below top drawer extends around sides. Carved skirt and bracket feet.


Although inspired by 18th-century French prototypes, this chest of drawers has typically English features, such as bracket feet, a wood top in place of a marble slab, and mahogany veneers. Mahogany came into use in English furniture early in the 18th century, as supplies of the exotic wood entered London through trade with the West Indies.

Provenance

1936, given in memory of Dr. William Hewson Baltzell by his wife Alice Cheney Baltzell. (Accession date: April 16, 1936)

Credit Line

Given in memory of Dr. William Hewson Baltzell by his wife Alice Cheney Baltzell