Chest-on-chest, Attributed to Thomas Affleck (1740–1795), Mahogany, mahogany veneer, white cedar,
yellow pine, tulip poplar, American

Chest-on-chest

Maker:
Attributed to Thomas Affleck (1740–1795)
Maker:
Attributed to James Reynolds (1736–1794)
Date:
1770–75
Geography:
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Mahogany, mahogany veneer, white cedar,
yellow pine, tulip poplar
Dimensions:
97 1/2 x 46 7/8 x 24 1/4 in. (247.7 x 119.1 x 61.6 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of the American Wing and
Rogers Funds; Virginia Groomes Gift, in memory
of Mary W. Groomes, and Mr. and Mrs. Frederick
M. Danziger, Herman Merkin and Anonymous
Gifts, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.91
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 751
This chest epitomizes the Chippendale style: classical architectural forms are dynamically juxtaposed with romantic, naturalistic ornament. On the basis of a 1772 entry in the ledger of William Logan, in whose family the chest descended, it has been attributed to the Scottish immigrant cabinetmaker Thomas Affleck and the carver James Reynolds.
Hannah Fox, Philadelphia; William Logan Fox, Blue Bell, Pennsylvania; Joseph M. Fox; Samuel T. Freeman and Company, Philadelphia, until 1975