Joined chest with drawers

1650–1700


Object Place: Marshfield, Massachusetts, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Randall 8

Dimensions

Overall: 81.4 x 136.2 x 53 cm (32 1/16 x 53 5/8 x 20 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

40.608

Medium or Technique

Oak, cedar, maple

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Case furniture and boxes

The rooms in seventeenth-century houses were few and small, and multi-purpose furniture was essential. Chests provided a place for sleeping and sitting, storage space for textiles, and often a lidded compartment (or till) for small articles. This chest, inscribed with the initials AC for the original owner, also has two drawers below the chest section, providing additional room for smaller items.

Inscription

The initials "AC" are carved on panels of top rail above cental lozenge. Also a pencil inscription on back.

Provenance

Probably made for an original owner with the initials "AC"; 1928, lent by Hollis French, May 31; 1940, gift of Hollis French (Accession Date October 10, 1940)

Credit Line

Gift of Hollis French