American / Chest of Drawers / ca. 1762-1775American
Chest of Drawers
ca. 1762-1775

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Creator Nationality: North American; American
Creator Name-CRT: American
Title: Chest of Drawers
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1762
Creation End Date: 1775
Creation Date: ca. 1762-1775
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Furniture
Materials and Techniques: Mahogany, tulip poplar, yellow pine
Dimensions: 91 3/4 x 44 5/8 x 24 5/8 in. (233.1 x 113.4 x 62.6 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 18.110.4
Credit Line: John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1918

The naturalistic carving on this tall chest is the work of highly skilled London-trained craftsmen who came to Philadelphia before the Revolutionary War to seek their fortunes. Characteristically, these makers took motifs from London pattern books and rearranged them to suit local tastes. Thus, the scroll pediment with finial bust and cornice moldings were taken directly from illustrations in Thomas Chippendale's famous 'Gentlemen and Cabinet Maker's Director' (1762), the serpent-and-swan motif in the central bottom drawer from Thomas Johnson's ' New Book of Ornaments' (1762).

AMICA ID: MMA_.18.110.4
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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