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
Artist: Possibly from the Workshop of Duncan Phyfe (1770–1854)Date: 1835–45Medium: Mahogany, mahogany veneer, gilt brass, mirror glass, marble, ivory with white pine, mahogany, yellow poplarAccession: 1983.225On view in:Gallery 738