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Chest of Drawers

ca. 1747
Made in Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Japanned maple, white pine
70 1/4 x 39 5/8 x 21 in. (178.4 x 100.6 x 53.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1909
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 717
Both this high chest and its matching dressing table (10.125.68) are remarkably well preserved, with their tortoiseshell backgrounds—created by streaking lampblack onto a vermillion ground. The painted decoration, which includes a fantastical dragon and winged swans pulling a chariot with a shell-shaped back, is noticeably different from that on the suite of japanned furniture owned by the Pickman family of Salem (40.37.1, .2, .4).
Inscription: inscribed in chalk inside upper case: B; inscribed drawer backboards: [1 through 4]
sale, Estate of Peter Parley, Jamaica Plains, Massachusetts; Koopman, Boston; H. Eugene Bolles, Boston, until 1909; [Mrs. Russell Sage, New York, 1909]
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