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Court cupboard

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The cupboard--used to store textiles and to display silver, glass, ceramics, and other costly wares--was among the most expensive and prominent articles of domestic furniture. This example is richly embellished with almost the full vocabulary of seventeenth-century ornament: shallow relief...

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Provenance

Said to have been bought by Zachariah Allen at the sale of the John Hancock house in Boston. It descended to Mrs. Charles Sprague Sargent, who gave it to William Robeson, who took it to Brussels, from whence it returned to the Museum.

Credit Line

Gift of Maurice Geeraerts in memory of Mr. and Mrs. William R. Robeson

1685–90

Object Place

Northern Essex County, prob. Ipswich or Newbury, Massachusetts

Catalogue Raisonné

Randall 20

Dimensions

149.22 x 123.19 x 49.21 cm (58 3/4 x 48 1/2 x 19 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

51.53

Medium or Technique

Oak, maple, white pine

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Furniture, Case Furniture and Boxes