Attributed to the Searle-Dennis shop tradition American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774

Chests stored clothes, linens, table coverings, and other household items. The most richly ornamented joined chests produced in North America during the seventeenth century are those attributed to the Ipswich joiners, William Searle (d. 1667) and Thomas Dennis (1638–1706). Both acquired their florid style as apprentices in County Devon, England. Characteristics of the Searle-Dennis school on this chest include S-scrolls on the stiles and lower rail, interlocking lunettes on the top rail, and low-relief carving on the front panels.

Chest, Attributed to the Searle-Dennis shop tradition, Red oak, white oak, American

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