America, Massachusetts, William and Mary style, 18th century / Highboy / 1700-1720America, Massachusetts, William and Mary style, 18th century

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Creator Nationality: North American; American
Creator Name-CRT: America, Massachusetts, William and Mary style, 18th century
Title: Highboy
Title Type: Primary
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Creation Start Date: 1700
Creation End Date: 1720
Creation Date: 1700-1720
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Furniture and woodwork
Materials and Techniques: burled maple veneer with walnut herringbone bandings
Dimensions: Overall: 158.4cm x 94cm x 52.75cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1986.207
Credit Line: Gift of Gordon D. Meals and Jean F. Meals in memory of Moselle T. Meals
Provenance: (Israel Sack); Mrs. Giles Whiting; (SPB, New York, 14-22 April 1972, #571); Gordon D. Meals.

One of the most notable developments in American furniture around 1700 was the introduction of "highboys" --- tall chests of drawers on high stands. These chests, often with bases having elaborately turned legs connected by a framework of stretchers, resemble closely English examples of the late 1600s during the reign of William and Mary. The decoration consists almost entirely of thin layers, or veneers, of richly patterned wood. These veneers were cut from burls (tumorlike growths on trees) and then carefully assembled and glued to create symmetrical patterns like those seen on the front of this highboy. The brass pulls on the drawers are typical of this period and may be original.

AMICA ID: CMA_.1986.207
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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