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Chest with two drawers

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Small six-board chest with two drawers with all-over straw-work marquetry decoration; center panel of chest section with large compass-work star flanked by panels of herringbone inlay flanked in turn at the outside with 'flamestitch" inlay; each of the superimposed drawers divided into five...

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Lengthy modern pencil inscription on underside of one drawer detailing line of descent.


Although thought to have been brought over on the Mayflower in 1620 by Mary Chilton this chest was not made until the mid to late eighteenth century. The original owner is unknown; it may possibly have been Althea Brown of Barrington, Rhode Island. It descended directly in the family of the donor.

Credit Line

Gift of Nancy F. Kendall


Object Place

Possibly Rhode Island or Massachusetts


34.3 x 43.8 x 19.7 cm (13.5 x 17.25 x 7.75 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood with straw-work marquetry




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