High chest of drawers

Date: 1755–90

Geography: Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Mahogany, tulip poplar, yellow pine

Dimensions: 99 x 45 1/2 x 25 in. (251.5 x 115.6 x 63.5 cm)

Classification: Furniture

Credit Line: John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1918

Accession Number: 18.110.6


Immigrant craftsmen in Philadelphia produced the most elaborate and richly carved of all colonial American furniture. This high chest demonstrates how Philadelphia artisans updated traditional Baroque forms by adding carved Rococo-style ornament.