Chest of drawers

Date: 1770–80

Geography: (none assigned) New England, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Mahogany, white pine

Dimensions: 34 1/2 x 37 1/2 x 22 3/4 in. (87.6 x 95.3 x 57.8 cm)

Classification: Furniture

Credit Line: Gift of Charlotte Pickman Gertz, 2001

Accession Number: 2001.644


This deceptively simple chest is an excellent example of a common form. The shapes and proportions are in harmony, the wood is the best mahogany, and the brasses are big and bold. Every part is original, and the piece retains its old surface, with a warm, golden brown patina. The graceful, serpentine front and crisply curved brackets of the feet reflect the lightness and playfulness of the Rococo.