Chest with two drawers


Object Place: Danvers or Topsfield, Massachusetts


Overall: 90.2 x 107.6 x 50.2 cm (35 1/2 x 42 3/8 x 19 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Red oak, walnut, cedar, ash

On View

Brown-Pearl Hall (Gallery LG35)




Case furniture and boxes


Descended in the family of Captain Samuel Rea (1782-1842) of Salem, Massachusetts, to his namesake Samuel Rea (d. 1938). The possible line of descent begins with the likely original owner Daniel Rea (1654-1714/15) of Danvers; by descent to his son, Uzziel Rea (1693-1754); to his son Archelaeus Rea (1731-1819) of Danvers and Topsfield; to his son Archaelus; and in turn to his son, the aforementioned Samuel. March 31, 1985, sold by Ronald Rosenbleeth, Inc., auction, Concord, New Hampshire to the MFA. (Accession date: April 24, 1985)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by a friend of the Department of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture