High chest of drawers


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 748

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.

High chest of drawers, Japanned maple, japanned white pine, white pine, japanned birch; brass, American

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