High chest of drawers

about 1730–50

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.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Mahogany, white pine

On View

Amelia Peabody Gallery (Gallery 137)




Case furniture and boxes

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.

Credit Line

Gift in memory of Anna A. Holbrook