Chest of Drawers

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

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  • A work made of mahogany with white pine.

Date:

1760/90

Artist:

Attributed to John Cogswell
American, 1738–1819
Boston

About this artwork

This serpentine-front bombé chest, one of only six known, is an exceptional example of this rare form, and it has retained its original finish and brasses. Though seemingly plain in design, the bombé chest was quite complicated and costly to produce because it took an excellent craftsman to curve the drawer sides, mahogany front, and the interior dovetail joints to match the swell of the case. While most American furniture forms were derived from European sources and were disseminated throughout the colonies, some forms like the Boston bombé chest are now known to have been produced only in their specific regions.

On View

American Art, Gallery 167

Artist

John Cogswell

Title

Chest of Drawers

Origin

Boston

Date

1760–1790

Medium

Mahogany with white pine

Inscriptions

Mark: chalk inscription on base possibly reading "Bottom"; sticker back left upper corner with printing: "No./Property of/Edith Cluett"

Dimensions

79.7 × 91.8 × 50.8 cm (31 3/8 × 36 1/8 × 20 in.)

Credit Line

Helen Bowen Blair Fund

Reference Number

1979.499

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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