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Chest of Drawers

Date:
1700–1720
Geography:
Made in Essex County, Massachusetts, United States; Made in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Painted red oak, white oak, white pine, yellow pine
Dimensions:
40 x 40 1/2 x 22 1/8 in. (101.6 x 102.9 x 56.2 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair, 1948
Accession Number:
48.158.11
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 713
Eight different pigments were used to decorate the drawers and sides of this chest. The moldings on the four deep drawers were painted to imitate highly veined wood veneers, and the floral designs on the drawer panels relate to motifs found on inlaid English furniture. Vivid green moldings and orange accents add further vibrancy. When the paint was strong and fresh, the effect must have been dazzling.
Inscription: inscribed on the inside of the back, inside the drawers, on the front posts, side and front rails, and right back rail: [Roman numerals corresponding to the construction]
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