Chest with drawer

Attributed to John Savell (1642–1687)

Object Place: Braintree, Massachusetts

Catalogue Raisonné

Randall 6; Buhler, 1972, No. 48


85.09 x 142.24 x 55.56 cm (33 1/2 x 56 x 21 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Oak, chestnut, pine

On View

Brown-Pearl Hall (Gallery LG35)




Case furniture and boxes

The complicated, carved facade of this chest is divided into three tiers in a way that recalls the Italian Mannerist style. Each of the lunettes on the upper rail contains diagonal flower buds and is surrounded by incised and punched borders. The four principal panels contain leaves set within arches, while the drawer front is embellished with large and small rosettes. Divisions between the sections were created through the use of vertical and horizontal channel moldings, painted black to imitate ebony.


Samuel Gardner of Salem (1648-1724); the inventory of his grandson of the same name (1712-1769) listed "1 Sugar box wt 23 oz"; subsequent history unknown

Credit Line

Bequest of Charles Hitchcock Tyler