Small cabinet, 1679
Attributed to the Symonds shop tradition
Red oak, white pine, black walnut, red cedar, maple
18 x 17 x 10 in. (45.7 x 43.2 x 25.4 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1909 (10.125.168)
All of the major decorative flourishes of the seventeenth-century style are seen in this small cabinet: carving, applied split-turnings and moldings, and paint. Although only eighteen inches tall, it has a powerful, architecturally inspired facade: the central panel is flanked by paired columns resting on plinths; corbel brackets support the overhanging top; and diagonal chisel marks in the cornice approximate dentil moldings. The motif on the central panel—a sunburst within an octagon—is associated with the Symonds shop of Ipswich, Massachusetts. Prominently located in the center are the owners' initials and the date. The interior consists of ten small drawers for the safekeeping of small valuables.