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


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).