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Chest-on-chest

Maker:
Attributed to Thomas Affleck (1740–1795)
Maker:
Attributed to James Reynolds (1736–1794)
Date:
1770–75
Geography:
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Mahogany, mahogany veneer, white cedar, yellow pine, tulip poplar
Dimensions:
97 1/2 x 46 7/8 x 24 1/4 in. (247.7 x 119.1 x 61.6 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of the American Wing and Rogers Funds; Virginia Groomes Gift, in memory of Mary W. Groomes, and Mr. and Mrs. Frederick M. Danziger, Herman Merkin and Anonymous Gifts, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.91
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 719
This chest epitomizes the Chippendale style: classical architectural forms are dynamically juxtaposed with romantic, naturalistic ornament. On the basis of a 1772 entry in the ledger of William Logan, in whose family the chest descended, it has been attributed to the Scottish immigrant cabinetmaker Thomas Affleck and the carver James Reynolds.
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