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Chest of Drawers

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Chest of Drawers

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Unknown Maker, Hatfield, Massachusetts

Date

ca. 1690–1710

Medium

Pine, oak, and maple

Accession #

1978.1000.7

Dimensions

44 x 44 1/4 x 19 1/2 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

The earliest furniture produced in the American colonies closely followed the construction and decoration of furniture built in England near the end of the seventeenth century and showed a direct transmission of style and technique. The way furniture was made and how it looked had not changed significantly for several hundred years by the time this chest was constructed. Probably made as a wedding gift, this chest would have looked comfortably familiar to a colonial bride and groom.

Credit

Purchase with funds from a supporter of the Museum