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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.




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, Gallery 168


Arts of the Americas


Artist unknown


Chest of Drawers


Portsmouth (Object made in)

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c. 1800–1815


Mahogany, birch, and white pine


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


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

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Purchased with funds provided by the Antiquarian Society

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