Chest with drawers
Possibly by John Pease, Jr. (American, 1654–1734)
Object Place: Enfield, Connecticut
Overall: 105.4 x 114 x 52.1 cm (41 1/2 x 44 7/8 x 20 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Oak, southern yellow pine
Manning House (Gallery LG36)
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)
Bequest of Charles Hitchcock Tyler