Possibly made in Saybrook, Connecticut, United States; Possibly made in Guilford, Connecticut, United States
Painted yellow poplar, yellow pine, birch
19 1/2 x 29 1/2 x 16 1/2 in. (49.5 x 74.9 x 41.9 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1909
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 713
This small chest belongs to a group of painted furniture associated with the Guilford-Saybrook area of coastal Connecticut. The founder of this tradition may have been Charles Guillam (1671–1727), who had emigrated from Britain by 1703. An inventory taken at his death listed ocher and umber pigments, “a painted chest with drawers,” “a parcel of collours,” and partially completed furniture and cabinetmaking tools, suggesting that he was both the maker and the decorator of his furniture.
Walter Hosmer, Hartford, Connecticut, before 1909; H. Eugene Bolles, Boston, until 1909; [Mrs. Russell Sage, New York, 1909]