Chest of drawers

Attributed to The Symonds Shop American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 708

By the 1670s, the chest-of-drawers form, first made in Boston, had spread to neighboring Massachusetts port towns. Within the architectural framework of this chest, this is an intricate play of geometric shapes created by applied mitered moldings that oppose and echo one another. Such complexly patterned surface decoration links a group of furniture with histories of ownership in Salem.

Chest of drawers, Attributed to The Symonds Shop Tradition, Red oak, walnut, cedar, maple, white pine, American

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