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Chest of Drawers

Maker:
Attributed to John Goddard (1724–1785)
Date:
1755–85
Geography:
Made in Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Mahogany, white pine, chestnut
Dimensions:
34 3/4 x 36 3/4 x 21 1/2 in. (88.3 x 93.3 x 54.6 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Emily Crane Chadbourne Bequest, Gifts of Mrs. J. Amory Haskell and Mrs. Russell Sage, by exchange, and The Sylmaris Collection, Gift of George Coe Graves, by exchange, 1972
Accession Number:
1972.130a, b
Not on view
This chest is one of a group of Newport pieces distinguished by their bold serpentine shapes and solid forms. The serpentine corner posts, raised-pad rear feet, and claw-and-ball front feet are similar to those on documented pieces by the cabinetmaker John Goddard (1724–1785). The curvilinear case and conforming marble top are unusual for eighteenthcentury American furniture and resemble those of French Louis XV–style commodes.
descended in the Crooke family, Newport, Rhode Island, until after 1928; Israel Sack Inc., New York, until 1960; Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Gershenson, Detroit, Michigan, 1960–1972
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