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Chest-on-chest

Date:
1760–90
Geography:
Made in New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Mahogany, tulip poplar, yellow pine, white pine
Dimensions:
78 3/4 x 45 1/4 x 23 in. (200 x 114.9 x 58.4 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of E. M. Newlin, 1964
Accession Number:
64.249.3
Not on view
Until it was given to the Museum, this chest was owned by generations of the great landholding Van Rensselaer family of Albany, New York. Note the wide cornice, canted-and-fluted corners, front claw feet with carved knees, and ogee-bracket rear feet—all typical of New York furniture design.
Inscription: inscribed in chalk inside each drawer of both cases, respectively: [1 to 5]; inscribed in brown ink on the lower case top: Dr V R one-- / to be called for
descended in the Van Rensselaer family, until 1963; E. M. Newlin, Philadelphia, 1963–1964
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