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Chest-on-chest

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Signed and dated on the top of its lower case, this imposing chest represents the finest furniture made in Boston toward the end of the American Revolution. Its bombé (swelled base) form and claw-and-ball feet are conservative, reflecting the Rococo style that had been popular in America since...

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Signed

Signed on top of lower section "Made by John / Cogswell in middle street / Boston 1782"; Signed on inside surface of back board of lower case: "J. Cogswel"

Provenance

By tradition, made for John Derby (Elias Hasket Derby's grandson) of Salem when he went to Harvard College; by descent in the family until its purchase by the Museum in 1973.

Credit Line

William Francis Warden Fund

1782

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts

Dimensions

246.38 x 112.39 x 59.69 cm (97 x 44 1/4 x 23 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

1973.289

Medium or Technique

Mahogany, white pine

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Furniture, Case Furniture and Boxes