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Creator Name: Dennis, Thomas
Creator Qualifier: possibly by
Creator Dates/Places: 1638-1706
Creator Name-CRT: Thomas Dennis
Creator Name: Searle, William
Creator Qualifier: Attributed to
Creator Dates/Places: 1634-1667
Creator Name-CRT: Attributed to William Searle
Title: Chest
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1660
Creation End Date: 1680
Creation Date: 1660-1680
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Furniture
Materials and Techniques: Red oak, white oak
Dimensions: 29 3/4 x 49 1/8 x 21 3/8 in. (75.6 x 124.8 x 54.3 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 10.125.685
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1909

The richest and most vigorous early colonial carving is that associated with the work of William Searle (1634-1667) and Thomas Dennis (1638-1706) of Ipswich. Paired leaves, with a naturalistic, three-dimensional quality rare in American furniture of the period, dominate the panels of this chest; the panels are carved in the popular seventeenth-century design of a stalk of flowers and leaves emerging from an urn, of which only the opening is indicated here. Searle and Dennis came from Devonshire, England, where a tradition of florid carving, using many of the motifs seen on this chest, flourished in the early seventeenth century.

AMICA ID: MMA_.10.125.685
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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