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Chest of drawers

Maker:
Attributed to The Symonds Shop Tradition
Date:
1675–1700
Geography:
Probably made in Salem, Massachusetts, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Red oak, walnut, cedar, maple, white pine
Dimensions:
43 x 46 x 21 in. (109.2 x 116.8 x 53.3 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1909
Accession Number:
10.125.686
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
By the 1670s, the chest-of-drawers form, first made in Boston, had spread to neighboring Massachusetts port towns. Within the architectural framework of this chest, this is an intricate play of geometric shapes created by applied mitered moldings that oppose and echo one another. Such complexly patterned surface decoration links a group of furniture with histories of ownership in Salem.
Inscription: inscribed in red inside the bottom of the left top drawer: H.F. 40.20; inscribed in pencil on underside of right drawer: Dec 20th / 6.20
H. Eugene Bolles, Boston, until 1909; [Mrs. Russell Sage, New York, 1909]
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