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High chest of drawers

Date:
1730–60
Geography:
Made in Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Maple, birch, white pine
Dimensions:
86 1/2 x 40 x 21 1/2 in. (219.7 x 101.6 x 54.6 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1940
Accession Number:
40.37.1
Not on view
Japanning, the use of paint and gilded gesso to imitate the glossy finish on Asian lacquerwork, was a popular method of furniture decoration in colonial Boston. This group of japanned furniture (40.37.1,.2,.4) descended in the Pickman family of Salem, Massachusetts, and is an extraordinary survival. The painted decoration on the high chest, dressing table, and looking glass is all by the same hand.
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