Chest of Drawers, Mahogany, tulip poplar, yellow pine, American

Chest of Drawers

Date:
1780–90
Geography:
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Mahogany, tulip poplar, yellow pine
Dimensions:
34 1/2 x 40 1/2 x 22 1/2 in. (87.6 x 102.9 x 57.2 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Screven Lorillard, 1952
Accession Number:
52.195.3
Not on view
On this chest with its fine original finish, the molded and carved edges of the top and the pendent floral garlands carved on the corner quarter columns exhibit the fullest use of Rococo ornament as applied to Pennsylvania chests of drawers. The original circular brass pulls and oval lock escutcheons, both with beaded edges, are in the Neoclassical style, suggesting that the piece was made as late as 1790.
Willoughby Farr, Edgewater, New Jersey, until 1930; Mrs. J. Insley Blair, Tuxedo Park, New York, 1930–died 1951; Mrs. Screven Lorillard, Far Hills, New Jersey, 1951–1952