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Chest of drawers


Object number

RIF1657

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

91.44 x 106.68 x 60.96 cm (36 x 42 x 24 in.)

Date

1780–1800

Current location

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Geography

Probably made in Massachusetts, or possibly made in Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Mahogany (primary); pine (secondary)

Marks

Unknown

Inscriptions

Unknown

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

By descent in the Winsor, Taylor, Bishop, and Mowry families, Providence, Rhode Island. Ginsburg and Levy, New York, 1955. Benjamin Ginsburg Antiquary, New York, 1978. Benjamin Ginsburg (1904–1994) and Cora Kling Ginsburg (1910–2002), New York; given to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1991

Associated names

Winsor family
Taylor family
Bishop family
Mowry family
Ginsburg and Levy, Inc.
Benjamin Ginsburg
Cora Kling Ginsburg

Notes

The swept back side talons on the feet and the central drop on the skirt would seem to indicate a Massachusetts origin, but the Providence history of this chest of drawers and the presence of yellow poplar in a related example (RIF1658) have sometimes led to Rhode Island attributions of origin for chests of this type.

See also


Bibliography

"Ginsburg and Levy, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 67, no. 1 (January 1955): 15, ill.
Joseph K. Ott, The John Brown House Loan Exhibition of Rhode Island Furniture, exh. cat. (Providence: The Rhode Island Historical Society, 1965), 78–79, no. 53, ill.
"Benjamin Ginsburg Antiquary advertisement," Antiques 113, no. 4 (April 1978): 697, ill.