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Chest

Maker:
Attributed to Nehemiah Randall (1770–1850)
Date:
1800–1820
Geography:
Made in Belchertown, Massachusetts, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
White pine
Dimensions:
21 1/2 x 37 3/4 x 14 3/4 in. (54.6 x 95.9 x 37.5 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. E. Herrick Low, Nelson Holland, and Hudson Holland, in memory of their mother, Mrs. Nelson Clarke Holland, 1955
Accession Number:
55.84
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]
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