High chest of drawers, Sweet gum, yellow poplar, yellow pine, white oak, American or British

High chest of drawers

Date:
1695–1720
Geography:
Possibly made in Long Island, New York, United States; Possibly made in New York, New York, United States
Culture:
American or British
Medium:
Sweet gum, yellow poplar, yellow pine, white oak
Dimensions:
58 x 45 x 24 1/2 in. (147.3 x 114.3 x 62.2 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
36.112a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 713
The type of leg seen on this high chest was likely derived from the spiral columns of European Baroque architecture. Spiral twisted legs, a rarity in American furniture, can sometimes be found on high chests and tables made in New York.
Inscription: inscribed in white chalk on underside of the top section: 880 / 78
Robert Mitchell, Port Washington, New York, until died 1753; descended to H. Elizabeth Mitchell, Port Washington, New York, until 1936