High chest of drawers

about 1760

Object Place: Massachusetts, United States


Overall: 222.3 x 104.1 x 55.9 cm (87 1/2 x 41 x 22 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Walnut, walnut veneer, white pine

Not On View




Case furniture and boxes


Handwritten note in ink on back of top wide drawer in lower case: "High Daddy From the Tufts Weymouth, Mass / date probably not later than 1720. May have belonged / to Quincy family into which old Dr. Cotton Tufts married / She was Aunt to Mrs. John Adams. (President)."
Pencil inscription in same location: "Brattleboro, Vt.:
On interior of lower case, note in ink: "Mr Frank Goodhue / Brooks House / Brattleboro Vermont."
Inscribed on back of bottom right drawer: "CP405635483" and 1 within a triangle.


A paper label affixed to the high chest indicates that it was owned by Dr. Cotton Tufts (1732-1815) of Weymouth, Massachusetts; given the age of the object, it might have been owned by his father, Dr. Simon Tufts of Medford, Massachusetts; unknown date, belonged to Anna Lyman Coolidge; 1985, Feburary, inherited by her son, Joseph R. Coolidge IV; March 1985, lent to the Museum by Joseph R. Coolidge IV; 1988, gift of Joseph R. Coolidge IV, Center Sandwich, New Hampshire to the MFA (Accession Date April 27, 1988)

Credit Line

Gift of Joseph Randolph Coolidge IV