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High chest of drawers


Object number

RIF4270

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

177.8 x 100.965 x 50.483 cm (70 x 39 3/4 x 19 7/8 in.)

Date

1760–1775

Current location

Martha's Vineyard Museum

Geography

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

Medium

Mahogany (primary); chestnut, white pine (secondary)

Inscriptions

Numbers beginning with "5" at the top and ending with "I" at the bottom, in chalk in large florid script on the back of upper case drawers; similar numbering on the back of lower case drawers; vertical mark in chalk follows every number; well-worn chalk numbers also present on drawer sides; "18 October first [at least two illegible words]" in pencil on side of an end drawer in lower case.

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Originally owned by Ephraim Pease (1737–1789) and his wife, Hannah Harper Pease (1738–1767), Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts; by descent to their daughter, Love Pease (born 1762), Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts; by descent to the niece of her daughter, Nellie Norton. Florence M. Troemner and Clara L. Troemner; given by them to the Martha's Vineyard Museum

Associated names

Ephraim Pease
Hannah Harper Pease
Love Pease
Nellie Norton
Florence M. Troemner
Clara L. Troemner

Bibliography

Brock Jobe, Gary R. Sullivan, and Jack O'Brien, Harbor and Home: Furniture of Southeastern Massachusetts, 1710–1850 (Hanover, N.H.: University Press of New England, 2009), 232–233, no. 80.
Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, N.H., New Hampshire Fall Auction, sale cat. (October 25, 2009), 47 (comp.cit).