Chest of Drawers


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 717

In the 1730s, Boston cabinetmakers transformed the traditional flat-top, turned-leg William and Mary–style high chest into the scroll-top, cabriole-leg Queen Anne version. The best examples of this uniquely American design, such as this high chest and its related dressing table (10.125.72), have carved and gilded shells and delicate inlaid compass stars on the pediment and case sides.

Chest of Drawers, Walnut, walnut veneer, white pine, American

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