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Chest

Artist:
Attributed to the Searle-Dennis shop tradition
Date:
1685–1700
Geography:
Made in Ipswich, Massachusetts, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Red oak, white oak, hard maple, white pine
Dimensions:
28 x 42 x 21 in. (71.1 x 106.7 x 53.3 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1909
Accession Number:
10.125.23
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 709
Chests stored clothing, linens, table coverings, and other household items. The most richly ornamented joined chests produced in America during the seventeenth century are those attributed to the Ipswich joiners William Searle (d. 1667) and Thomas Dennis (1638–1706). Both acquired their florid style as apprentices in County Devon, England. This chest was originally designed with a lower drawer (here missing).
Inscription: incised on lower part of legs: S C
H. Eugene Bolles, Boston, until 1909; [Mrs. Russell Sage, New York, 1909]
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