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Mahogany, white pine, brass
29 3/4 x 34 3/4 x 19 3/4 in. (75.6 x 88.3 x 50.2 cm) (show scale)
Each drawer is marked on the back in chalk with a number in a triangle, the numbers being 4 through 7 in order on top through bottom drawers. A piece of tape inside the top drawer is marked "3106 $2500."
Matthew Scott Sloan Collection, Gift of Lidie Lane Sloan McBurney
Chippendale style chest-of drawers, block front with convex blocks rounded. Four graduated drawers, arranged with largest at bottom, each outlined by cock beading attached to frame; four straight bracket feet with scroll knee brackets at front and sides; scroll pendant at center of skirt; skirt has molding on edges of front and sides; top is irregular-shaped with molding along edges of front and sides. Hardware: each drawer has three pine tree-shaped brass escutcheons, arranged in a keyhole in the middle escutcheon and drop handles attached to the outer two.
CONDITION - Scratches on fronts of lower three drawers. Top is bleached or faded; large break towards back of top with wood behind break replaced. On all four drawers: bottom is refitted and replaced; side and back of each might be repaired.
Chest-of-Drawers, ca. 1770. Mahogany, white pine, brass, 29 3/4 x 34 3/4 x 19 3/4 in. (75.6 x 88.3 x 50.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Matthew Scott Sloan Collection, Gift of Lidie Lane Sloan McBurney, 1997.150.21. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1997.150.21_transp694.jpg)
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This chest was made in the Rococo style. You can see the curving "serpentine" silhouette that was typical of design in this period. American furniture makers were still looking to England for design ideas (this was around 1770, right before the Revolution). In this case, the cabinet maker was looking at published patterns by the London cabinet maker Thomas Chippendale.