21 1/2 x 37 3/4 x 14 3/4 in. (54.6 x 95.9 x 37.5 cm)
Gift of Mrs. E. Herrick Low, Nelson Holland, and Hudson Holland, in memory of their mother, Mrs. Nelson Clarke Holland, 1955
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
The architectural motifs on this chest suggest that Nehemiah Randall may have been trained as a carpenter rather than a cabinetmaker. The fluted central oval and the borders of painted dentils and rosettes are borrowed from architectural details of Federal-period houses. The oval and the arches decorating the skirt were laid out with a compass and ruler.
Nehemiah Randall, Belchertown, Massachusetts; his son, David Randall; his grandson, Harry H. Ward; Elizabeth and Nelson C. Holland, 1923–1955; [Mrs. E. Herrick Low, New York, Nelson Holland, Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, and Hudson Holland, Belchertown, Massachusetts, 1955]