High chest of drawers
Object Place: New England, possibly Boston area, United States
Overall: 208.3 x 111.8 x 53.3 cm (82 x 44 x 21 in.)
Medium or Technique
Mahogany, white pine
Amelia Peabody Gallery (Gallery 137)
The drawers here were constructed using V-shaped, dovetail joints, most easily seen where the dark mahogany of the drawer front intersects with the lighter pine of its side. Some cabinetmakers developed preferences for the shape of their dovetails; this often helps scholars identify the origin of a particular piece.
Said to have been owned originally by the Parker family of Boston and to "have come to America from England in 1734"; to a Miss Sally Parker of Bolton, Massachusetts; to Mr. Lester (?) Potter by about 1902; given by him to Mrs. John Everett (Anna A. Holbrook) as a wedding present in 1902; inherited by her son, the donor, on June 29, 1940; given in 1992.
Gift in memory of Anna A. Holbrook