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Chest of Drawers

Date:
ca. 1747
Geography:
Made in Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Japanned maple, white pine
Dimensions:
70 1/4 x 39 5/8 x 21 in. (178.4 x 100.6 x 53.3 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1909
Accession Number:
10.125.58
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]
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