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Chest of drawers

Date:
1795–1805
Geography:
Made in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Mahogany, mahogany and birch veneers with yellow poplar, white pine
Dimensions:
38 x 40 1/2 x 21 1/2 in. (96.5 x 102.9 x 54.6 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1909
Accession Number:
10.125.339
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 729
New England cabinetmakers often used birch veneer as a less expensive substitute for imported satinwood. The crotch-veneer panels on the drawers of this chest were carefully book-matched. The drop-panel in the center of the base is characteristic of Portsmouth, New Hampshire-style case furniture in the Federal period.
H. Eugene Bolles, Boston, until 1909; [Mrs. Russell Sage, New York, 1909]
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