High Chest of Drawers

A work made of mahogany with white pine and cedar.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of mahogany with white pine and cedar.

Date:

1750/70

Artist:

Artist unknown
American, 18th century
North shore of Massachusetts, possibly Salem

About this artwork

Small-scale case furniture is rare. Too large to have served as a cabinetmaker’s model and lacking locks on the drawers to protect valuables, the piece was made for use by a child. The high chest bears an 18th-century inscription in one of the small drawers that identifies it as the one in which the young owner, Sally King of Salem, kept her clothing. Born in Salem in 1783, Sally King was likely the second owner of the chest.

On View

American Art, Gallery 167

Artist

Artist unknown

Title

High Chest of Drawers

Origin

Salem

Date

1750–1770

Medium

Mahogany with white pine and cedar

Inscriptions

Inscribed in pencil on the proper right drawer side of the proper right drawer on the base: "Sally Kings draw she keeps her shifts in" and "Salem"

Dimensions

153.7 × 67.3 × 36.5 cm (60 1/2 × 26 1/2 × 14 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of the Antiquarian Society through the Mrs. Edgar J. Uihlein Fund

Reference Number

1987.11

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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