Chest of Drawers

Date: 1770 - 1780

Dating to the time when American colonists prepared for their independence from Great Britain, this chest of drawers gracefully straddles two major currents of style. The mass of its powerful presence relates it to the exaggerated, baroque fashions of the early 1700s . However, the design of this chest is more tightly contained, the proportions are more even, and the lines are gentler, all of which suggest the shift from the heavy baroque style of the 1760s to the delicate neoclassical style that emerged in the 1770s.

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Medium: Mahogany, white pine, and brass

Dimensions: H: 36 1/4 x W: 40 1/2 x D: 22 1/2 in.

Place: Boston, Massachusetts

Accession: 1087

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Furniture - American

Tags: Boston , Chest

Purchased from Israel Sack.