American, died 1806

Bombé Chest of Drawers

Date: 1770 - 1775

The voluptuous form of this chest of drawers ranks it as the most extravagant type of case furniture made in America during the 1700s. More than two hundred years later, the few examples that survive are highly prized and represent one of colonial America’s greatest artistic accomplishments. Distinguished by bulging lower sides and front, the form is commonly called bombé, deriving from the French verb bomber, meaning “to swell.” In the 1700s Americans described the design as “swelled,” while the English used the words “ogee” or “commode.”

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Medium: Mahogany, white pine, and brass

Dimensions: H: 31 5/8 x W: 38 1/4 x D: 21 1/8 in.

Place: Boston, Massachusetts

Accession: 1015

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Furniture - American

Tags: Boston , Bombé , Chest

Purchased March 22, 1967 from Joe Kindig, Jr.