Chest of Drawers

Date: 1730–60

Geography: Made in Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Walnut, walnut veneer, white pine

Dimensions: 90 x 44 x 22 1/4 in. (228.6 x 111.8 x 56.5 cm)

Classification: Furniture

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1909

Accession Number: 10.125.62


In the 1730s, Boston cabinetmakers transformed the traditional flat-topped, turned-leg, William and Mary–style high chest into the scroll-topped, cabriole-leg Queen Anne version. The best examples of this uniquely American design have carved-and-gilded shells and delicate inlaid stars.