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Chest of Drawers

Italian (Venice)
about 1735–40

Object Place: Europe, Venice, Italy


Overall: 86.4 x 167.6 x 76.2 cm (34 x 66 x 30 in.) Other (marble top greatest dimensions): 134.6 x 57.2 cm (53 x 22 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gilded pine, gilt metal, marble top

Out on Loan

On display at Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX, August 27, 2017 – December 31, 2017




Case furniture and boxes

This chest’s exaggerated swelling shape and its carved decoration of asymmetrical scrolls are characteristic of Venetian rococo furniture of the mid-18th century. Venetian furniture of this period was typically painted with brightly-colored varnishes or gilded to match the overall scheme of the interior decoration.


1925, bequest of Susan Greene Amory (Mrs. Franklin Gordon) Dexter (b. 1840 - d. 1924), Boston, to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 24, 1925)

Credit Line

Bequest of Susan Greene Dexter in memory of Charles and Martha Babcock Amory