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Chest of Drawers

A work made of mahogany, oak, eastern white pine, and brass.
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  • A work made of mahogany, oak, eastern white pine, and brass.




Attributed to Langley Boardman
American, 1774–1833
Portsmouth, New Hampshire

About this artwork

Although the serpentine front and bracket feet of this chest recall the Rococo style of the previous century, the string inlay, the use of contrasting veneers, and the style of the stamped-brass drawer pulls clearly place this chest in the neoclassical or Federal style. Boardman brought this style to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, after having apprenticed in Salem, Massachusetts, an important cabinetmaking center in Federal America. The chest retains much of its original finish and all of its original brass hardware.


On View, Gallery 168


Arts of the Americas


Langley Boardman


Chest of Drawers


Portsmouth (Object made in)

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c. 1800–1810


Mahogany, oak, eastern white pine, and brass


90.2 × 110.5 × 59.7 cm (35 1/2 × 43 1/2 × 23 1/2 in.)

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Purchased with funds provided by Mrs. Eric Oldberg, Timm R. Reynolds, and Edmund J. Doering II in honor of Mrs. Eric Oldberg; R.T. Crane Jr., Memorial Fund

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