70 1/4 x 39 5/8 x 21 in. (178.4 x 100.6 x 53.3 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1909
Not on view
Both this high chest and its matching dressing table (10.125.68) are remarkably well preserved, with their tortoiseshell backgrounds—created by streaking lampblack onto a vermillion ground. The painted decoration, which includes a fantastical dragon and winged swans pulling a chariot with a shell-shaped back, is noticeably different from that on the suite of japanned furniture owned by the Pickman family of Salem (40.37.1, .2, .4).
Inscription: inscribed in chalk inside upper case: B; inscribed drawer backboards: [1 through 4]
sale, Estate of Peter Parley, Jamaica Plains, Massachusetts; Koopman, Boston; H. Eugene Bolles, Boston, until 1909; [Mrs. Russell Sage, New York, 1909]