Chest with drawers

about 1714
Possibly by John Pease, Jr. (American, 1654–1734)

Object Place: Enfield, Connecticut

Catalogue Raisonné

Randall 16


Overall: 105.4 x 114 x 52.1 cm (41 1/2 x 44 7/8 x 20 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Oak, southern yellow pine

On View

Manning House (Gallery LG36)




Case furniture and boxes

Made in western Connecticut by joiners from generations of woodworking families who immigrated to that rural area, this and related chests share abstracted vine motifs that spread across the fronts. A rare feature of this chest-likely made as a dower chest and given for a marriage-is that it bears the name of its recipient, Mary Pease, of Enfield, who married Thomas Abbe in 1714. Her father was a carpenter and joiner, to whom this chest is attributed; her grandfather, John Pease, Sr., emigrated from England and was also a woodworker.


Carved on rail above the top drawer: "MARY PEASE"


By tradition, and as the carved name implies, made for Mary Pease (1688-1724) of Enfield, Connecticut, at or near the time of her marriage to Thomas Abbe in 1714. Later history unknown; lent by Charles Hitchcock Tyler, October 3, 1928; included in his 1932 bequest to the Museum (Accession Date September 1, 1932)

Credit Line

Bequest of Charles Hitchcock Tyler