High chest of drawers, 1730–50
Walnut, walnut veneer, white pine; 90 x 44 x 22 1/4 in. (228.6 x 111.8 x 56.5 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1909 (10.125.62)
In the 1730s, Boston cabinetmakers transformed the traditional flat-topped, turned-leg, William and Mary–style high chest into the scroll-topped, cabriole-leg Queen Anne version. The best examples of this uniquely American design have carved-and-gilded shells and delicate inlaid stars.