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Chest of Drawers

Decorative Arts

On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, From Colonies to States, 1660–1830
MAKER Unknown
MEDIUM Oak, pine, brass
DATES ca. 1690
DIMENSIONS 36 x 40 x 21 1/2 in. (91.5 x 101.6 x 54.6 cm)
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
CREDIT LINE Bequest of Mrs. William Sterling Peters, by exchange
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Chest of drawers, frame and end rails oak; top, end panels, drawer fronts and molding pine; ball or turnip feet on front, back feet are a continuation of the stiles. The top is made from one board. The front contains four drawers with top and bottom drawers of larger size and same design while the two middle drawers are smaller and same in design. The top drawer is divided into two boldly blocked panels protruding beyond the surface of the drawer. An applied molding outlines the field that is stained red with stenciled design of fleur-de-lis in block on each side of a brass drop handle. The two middle drawers are smaller and are divided into two panels by an applied molding enclosing a red stained field with stenciled bird design on each side of drop handle. The end panels are blocked with molding enclosing the field. The chest appears to have an overall painted undulating line design in black. The drawers have grooved side runs. A single arch mold is applied on the frame separating the drawers. CONDITION: Molding missing in places. New moldings have been applied on ends at base and in other places. Back side of left ball foot missing. Brass drop handles have been replaced.
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