Chest of drawers with doors

1670–1700


Object Place: New Haven, Connecticut

Dimensions

92.39 x 112.71 x 57.78 cm (36 3/8 x 44 3/8 x 22 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

1980.274

Medium or Technique

Oak, walnut, cedar, pine

On View

Manning House (Gallery LG36)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Case furniture and boxes

The inlaid checkerboard and sawtooth motifs; applied, decorative spindles with unusual acorn caps; and frieze glyphs (small, applied ornaments seen on the upper section, between the drawers, and on the sides) also are found on cupboards and chests from the New Haven colony. Probably made by London-trained craftsmen, these objects exhibit an economical use of materials. This may reflect the “wood famine mentality” that permeated the thinking of English craftsmen, faced with a shortage of timber since Elizabethan times. Although lumber was plentiful in America, some craftsmen retained the frugal practices learned in their training.

Provenance

Purchased at Christie's auction house, New York, June 24-25, 1980, lot 725 (Accession Date August 26, 1980)

Credit Line

Edwin E. Jack Fund