The high chest of drawers was introduced to the colonies in the 1690s and became the primary form of case furniture in the William and Mary style. This imposing piece, with its bold, fluted pilasters on the front and sides and dramatic projections in the entablature at the top and mid-moldings, was strongly influenced by classical architecture as set forth in the books of Andrea Palladio (1508-1580) and introduced in England by the architect Inigo Jones (1573-1652). It may have belonged to Edward Holyoke (b. 1689), who served as president of Harvard College from 1737 to 1769.
Edward Holyoke, Cambridge, Massachusetts, until died 1769; his wife, 1769–died 1790; her granddaughter, Mary Holyoke Pearson, until died 1829; her husband, Reverend Ephraim Abbott, 1829–1870; his second wife, Abigail Bancroft Abbott, until died 1886; her son, George Edward Henry Abbott, until died 19ll; by descent, Lawrence Park, Boston, until 1919; J. Lovell Little, Boston, 1919–1926; Clarence Dillon, Far Hills, New Jersey, 1926–1975