Chest-on-chest

1770–75
Attributed to Samuel Prince (American, active 1772–1776, died 1778)


Object Place: New York, New York, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Randall 39

Dimensions

Overall: 209.6 x 130.2 x 64.1 cm (82 1/2 x 51 1/4 x 25 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

54.887

Medium or Technique

Mahogany, yellow-poplar, pine

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Case furniture and boxes

Reminiscent of a “kast,” or cupboard in the Dutch tradition, this monumental chest-on-chest is enriched with a molding between its upper and lower sections, which recalls the ripple molding on seventeenth-century Dutch picture frames. The chest has long been attributed to the shop of Samuel Prince. Prince depicted a similar chest on his trade card, which advertised his location as “Joyner at the Chest of Draws in Cart & Horse Street New York” where he “Makes and Sells all Sorts of Joyners Work on the Lowest Terms.”

Provenance

descended in the Gray family of Boston for at least four generations; given to the Museum in 1954 by Miss Hope Gray in memory of her father, Samuel S. Gray.

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Hope Gray in memory of her father, Samuel S. Gray