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High chest of drawers

Date:
1755–90
Geography:
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Mahogany, tulip poplar, yellow pine
Dimensions:
99 x 45 1/2 x 25 in. (251.5 x 115.6 x 63.5 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1918
Accession Number:
18.110.6
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 751
Immigrant craftsmen in Philadelphia produced the most elaborate and richly carved of all colonial American furniture. This high chest, with its powerful stance and ambitious ornamentation, is a worthy monument to the Philadelphia school.
Inscription: incised on upper right drawer bottom: Right; inscribed in chalk on drawer bottoms: [I through II]; inscribed on bottom of second drawer from the top: 6 / 3 / 2
descended in the Lawrence family, Philadelphia; George S. Palmer, New London, Connecticut, until 1918
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