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Clothes Press

Maker:
Attributed to Thomas Affleck (1740–1795)
Date:
1760–90
Geography:
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Mahogany, yellow pine, eastern white cedar, tulip poplar
Dimensions:
91 3/8 x 44 5/8 x 24 3/4 in. (232.1 x 113.3 x 62.9 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1950
Accession Number:
50.114
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 719
Clothes presses, common in England, were rarely made in colonial Philadelphia. The design of this one was influenced by plates in Thomas Chippendale’s "Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker’s Director" (1754 and 1762 eds.). The doors of the upper section hide twelve drawers; those of the lower section, three sliding trays. The sliding shelf in between was for folding the clothes to be stored inside.
Inscription: inscribed in ink on right side of sliding tray: Upper one; stamped on one lower right door iron hinge: IP
Mrs. John Cadwalader, Philadelphia, until 1950
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