Object Place: Probably Marblehead or Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
232.4 x 105.4 x 63.2 cm (91 1/2 x 41 1/2 x 24 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Mahogany, white pine
Not On View
The chest-on-chest is in two cases. The lower case is blocked, the blocking with rounded upper corners. The line of the blocking carries down through the two base moldings and into the shaped brackets of the claw and ball feet, which have delicate talons. There is a central drop on the skirt, carved with a small fan. The upper case is faced with a Doric pilaster on each side, surrounded by a rounded stylized capital which supports the cornice. There are four large drawers, with three small ones above, the outer two of which have tops curved to follow the line of the cornice. The center drawer is carved with a semicircular surround. The scroll cornice is formed of deep moldings, and there is a central shaped plinth on a corkscrew finial. The outer two finials are set on blocks.
Bequeathed to the Museum in 1904 as a "high-boy" by Mrs. Sarah Wyman Whitman (1842-1904) of Boston, an artist in oil, pastel, and watercolor of landscapes, still lifes, and portraits; designer of book covers, and stained glass (Accession Date December 16, 1904)
Bequest of Mrs. Sarah W. Whitman