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High chest of drawers

Date:
1730–40
Geography:
Made in Connecticut, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Painted maple, yellow pine
Dimensions:
62 x 39 7/8 x 24 1/4 in. (157.5 x 101.3 x 61.6 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair, 1946
Accession Number:
46.194.5a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 717
This high chest is part of a small group of case pieces from the Windsor area bearing dates in the 1730s. The exaggerated knees and flat feet parody the elegance of the cabriole legs on chests from urban Massachusetts, while the playful painted birds and beasts are a provincial interpretation of the work of Boston japanners.
Inscription: inscribed in pencil on the backboards of the third tier of drawers: [illegible markings]
Edwin Simons, Hartford, Connecticut, until ca. 1891; Irving Lyon; Mrs. J. Insley Blair, Tuxedo Park, New York, until 1946
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