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Chest of drawers

Date:
1770–80
Geography:
(none assigned) New England, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Mahogany, white pine
Dimensions:
34 1/2 x 37 1/2 x 22 3/4 in. (87.6 x 95.3 x 57.8 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Charlotte Pickman Gertz, 2001
Accession Number:
2001.644
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 717
This deceptively simple chest is an excellent example of a common form. The shapes and proportions are in harmony, the wood is the best mahogany, and the brasses are big and bold. Every part is original, and the piece retains its old surface, with a warm, golden brown patina. The graceful, serpentine front and crisply curved brackets of the feet reflect the lightness and playfulness of the Rococo.
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