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Chest with drawer

Maker:
Probably Robert Crosman (1707–1799)
Date:
1735
Geography:
Made in Taunton, Massachusetts, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Painted white pine, white cedar
Dimensions:
32 3/4 x 37 1/2 x 18 in. (83.2 x 95.3 x 45.7 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair, 1945
Accession Number:
45.78.5
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 714
A single composition extends over the entire front of this chest, displaying the decorative style of Robert Crosman of Taunton, Massachusetts. About thirty pieces of similarly decorated furniture have been attributed to Crosman’s hand. The overall painted design, distinguished by the sweeping arcs of compass-drawn vines and the use of templates for tulips and birds, is very like the flowers and vines found on crewelwork bed hangings of the period.
Inscription: painted on upper center of front: C S / 1735
Julia F. S. Snow, Greenfield, Massachusetts, by 1928–before 1933; Mrs. J. Insley Blair, Tuxedo Park, New York, by 1939–1945
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