Chest of drawers

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

Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Randall 26


Overall: 92.7 x 104.8 x 57.2 cm (36 1/2 x 41 1/4 x 22 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Walnut, oak, pine

On View

Manning House (Gallery LG36)




Case furniture and boxes

This chest was made in two cases to facilitate its movement in the relatively small rooms and staircases of a seventeenth- or early-eighteenth century house. Its moldings and drawer arrangement are characteristic of examples made in Boston and the surrounding area. Here, the deep drawer in the upper case is embellished with raised moldings, with two octagons on each side of the drawer.


Lent by Hollis French, Sept 29, 1915. Permission granted to have half-tone made for use of the pupils in history classes of Boston High Schools.

Credit Line

Gift of Hollis French