Cabinet of boxes

Attributed to Ralph Mason and Henry Messinger Shops (Mason (1599–1678/79); Messinger (died in 1681))

Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts


Overall: 44.5 x 43 x 24.6 cm (17 1/2 x 16 15/16 x 9 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Black walnut, fir, red oak, white pine

On View

Manning House (Gallery LG36)




Case furniture and boxes

Decorated with the contrasting, geometric patterns favored by avant-garde London furniture makers, the door of this cabinet opens to reveal nine drawers. Cabinets, like boxes and dressing boxes, stored writing materials and valuables. This cabinet is the only example of its form to survive from the Boston shop tradition of London-trained joiners Mason and Messinger.


1981, in the collection of Frank Demers, Topsfield, Massachusetts; lent by Frank Demers, January 30, 1981; museum purchase from Jeanne A. G. Demers, Topsfield, Massachusetts, January 1982 (Accession Date 1982)

Credit Line

Frank B. Bemis Fund