User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Joined chest with two drawers

Large chest with two drawers carved throughout with Hadley tulip-and-vine motif; slightly projecting cleated lid with thumbnail molding; three panels in chest section (with initials carved in center panel) above tier of two drawers. Stiles cut down slightly and casters added; pulls are replacements;...

Show Full Description

Inscription

The initials SF (with F backwards) carved on center panel of upper section of front, probably for the original owner.

Provenance

Early history unknown; possibly made for Sarah Field, the daughter of John and Mary Edwards Field, born on February 2, 1687, and married to Nathaniel Peck of Swanzey, New Hampshire, in 1709. Her sisters Bethiah and Abilene may have owned Hadley-type chests as well. Owned in 1928 by John F. Lothrop, Newtonville, Massachusetts; given in 1968 by Mrs. William Lothrop of Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts (Accession Date May 8, 1968)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. William Lothrop

About 1700–10

Object Place

Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States

Accession Number

68.176

Medium or Technique

Oak, pine

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Furniture, Case Furniture and Boxes