High Chest of Drawers
Probably Boston, MA, 1700-1720
Maple, walnut veneer, maple burl veneer, pine
Collection of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Gift of Hollis French; Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 40.607
In this high chest, elegance of line, richness of turning, and choice of wood have been combined with consummate skill. The rising moldings which crown the upper case complement the flatter, broader moldings at the top of the lower case and help to frame the four tiers of drawers. The drawers are of graduated sizes, with the upper divided in two, and three small drawers below. They are all veneered with maple burl, framed with a double band of walnut set in herringbone fashion. The drawers are framed with double-arched moldings, and are fitted with scalloped escutcheon plates and drop handles. The center of the case is cut with a deep arch with reverse curved sides, flanked by flattened ogee arches. The sides of the case are solid wood and are cut with ogee arches at the base. All the lower borders have an attached bead strip to emphasize the outline. The legs are cup-turned and reach extremely thin diameters at several points. The legs are pegged through the shaped flat stretchers into the flattened ball feet with deep pads.