Chest-on-chest

about 1775–80


Object Place: Probably Marblehead or Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Randall 40

Dimensions

232.4 x 105.4 x 63.2 cm (91 1/2 x 41 1/2 x 24 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

04.1727

Medium or Technique

Mahogany, white pine

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Case furniture and boxes

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.

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Sarah W. Whitman