Date: 1670–1700

Geography: Made in Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States; Made in Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Red oak, white pine, white cedar, red cedar, black walnut, soft maple

Dimensions: 56 x 49 3/4 x 23 in. (142.2 x 126.4 x 58.4 cm)

Classification: Furniture

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair, 1950

Accession Number: 50.20.3


Large, imposing, and expensive, cupboards such as this one were placed in the parlor or hall and used to store textiles, vessels, and utensils used at mealtime. The maker of this example broke up the rectilinear form by the selective application of turnings, moldings, and paint. The serrated moldings and distinctive turnings are characteristic of case furniture linked through family histories to Plymouth County.