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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.




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, Gallery 167


Arts of the Americas


Artist unknown


High Chest of Drawers


Salem (Object made in)

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c. 1750–1770


Mahogany with white pine and cedar


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"


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

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Purchased with funds provided by the Antiquarian Society through the Mrs. Edgar J. Uihlein Fund

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