High chest of drawers

1740–70


Object Place: Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Overall: 207 x 98.4 x 53.3 cm (81 1/2 x 38 3/4 x 21 in.)

Accession Number

1993.167

Medium or Technique

Mahogany, white pine

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Case furniture and boxes

The high chest is in two cases: the upper case is topped by a scrolled pediment enclosing a central urn-and-flame finial flanked by related side finials, and contains three drawers in line, with the center drawer of greater depth and carved with a recessed convex shell with eighteen lobes, above four graduated drawers; the midmolding is attached to the top of the lower case; the lower case contains one wide drawer over three in line, with the center drawer of greater width and containing a recessed carved convex shell with eighteen lobes; the front skirt is shaped to three flat-headed arches and is recessed beneath the central drawer; the chest is supported by four cabriole legs terminating in pad feet; all the drawers are outlined by cockbeading applied to the case; the wide drawers are fitted with central brass escutcheons flanked by matching escutcheons with bail pulls, while the shell-carved drawers are fitted with a brass pull ring.

Inscription

Side face of eacg front leg branded near the top: "A.E"
The top of the drawer bottom in the wide lowest drawer in upper case signed in pencil in script: "Everett:
Tag attached to top of lower case: "Nathl [illegible] Sargent / Fishkill Landing / Dutch Co. / N.Y."

Provenance

Sargent family; by descent to the donors, Aimee and Rosamond Lamb (Accession Date April 21, 1993)

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Aimée and Miss Rosamond Lamb