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A masterpiece of American furniture, this is likely the "Case of mahogany drawers $55" listed in the inventory as being in "Madame Derby's" bedchamber. The carving is indicative of McIntire's late career, when his skills were at their height. The central basket brimming with flowers and the...

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Said to have been made for Elizabeth Derby West; by descent in the Derby family of Salem to the Curtis family of Boston; purchased in 1939 for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts from nine members of the Curtis family, including Miss Frances G. Curtis; Gift of Maxim Karolik, 1941.

Credit Line

The M. and M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts


Object Place

Salem, Massachusetts

Catalogue Raisonné

Eighteenth-Century American Arts No. 41


Overall: 229.6 x 118.7 cm (90 3/8 x 46 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Mahogany, mahogany veneer, ebony and satinwood inlay, pine




Furniture, Case Furniture and Boxes