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Chest of drawers

Probably made in Connecticut, United States
Painted yellow pine, oak
49 3/4 x 43 x 17 in. (126.4 x 109.2 x 43.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair, 1945
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 714
The sprays and vases of flowers, trees, buildings, figures, dogs, birds, and butterflies on this chest recall print sources that were more typically used by young women as inspiration for floral paintings and fancy embroidery. The female figure under a tree (top drawer) and the male figure holding a pole with a fishing net (second drawer) relate to the “fishing lady” needlework pictures produced in girls’ boarding schools in Boston in the mid-eighteenth century.
Stoughton family, East Windsor Hill, Connecticut; Frederick W. Fuessenich, Litchfield, Connecticut, before 1939; Mrs. J. Insley Blair, Tuxedo Park, New York, by 1939–1945;
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