Chest of Drawers

A work made of mahogany, birch, and white pine.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of mahogany, birch, and white pine.

Date:

1800/15

Artist:

Artist unknown
American, 19th century
Portsmouth, New Hampshire

About this artwork

The serpentine form of the façade, the contrasting birch veneer in bold geometric patterns, the central drop pendant, and the beautifully curved French feet make this chest of drawers an outstanding example of 19th-century Portsmouth furniture. The top and sides of this chest have split in several places due to the typical Portsmouth construction that utilized nails to anchor the top and sides firmly to the core structure, thus preventing the natural expansion and contraction of the wood during changes in humidity. The chest retains its original stamped-brass hardware.

On View

American Art, Gallery 168

Artist

Artist unknown

Title

Chest of Drawers

Origin

Portsmouth

Date

1800–1815

Medium

Mahogany, birch, and white pine

Inscriptions

Inscribed in ink, on backboard: "J. Wentworth"

Dimensions

95.9 × 103.5 × 58.4 cm (37 3/4 × 40 3/4 × 23 in.)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of the Antiquarian Society

Reference Number

1948.108

Extended information about this artwork

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