Chest of Drawers

Date: 1730–60

Geography: Made in Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Walnut, walnut veneer, white pine

Dimensions: 90 x 44 x 22 1/4 in. (228.6 x 111.8 x 56.5 cm)

Classification: Furniture

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1909

Accession Number: 10.125.62


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.