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High chest of drawers

Date:
1730–60
Geography:
Made in Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Maple, birch, white pine
Dimensions:
86 1/2 x 40 x 21 1/2 in. (219.7 x 101.6 x 54.6 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1940
Accession Number:
40.37.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 717
Japanning, the use of paint and gilded gesso to imitate the glossy finish on Asian lacquerwork, was a popular method of furniture decoration in colonial Boston. This group of japanned furniture (40.37.1,.2,.4) descended in the Pickman family of Salem, Massachusetts, and is an extraordinary survival. The painted decoration on the high chest, dressing table, and looking glass is all by the same hand.
Inscription: inscribed in chalk on the back of bottom shelf drawer: W E; [number on various parts]
descended in the Pickman and Loring families, Salem, Massachusetts, until 1918; Lawrence Dwight, by 1918; his fiancee, Harriet Amory (later Mrs. Warwick Potter), New York, until 1940
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