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Photo: Courtesy The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Bayou Bend Collection, Gift of Miss Ima Hogg, B.69.32
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Chest of drawers

Object number



Maker Unknown


38 1/2 37 1/2 20 in. (97.79 95.25 50.8 cm)



Current location

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston


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


Mahogany (primary); eastern white pine (foot blocks, bottom, backboards, and drawer bottoms, sides, and backs)






Israel Sack, Boston, before 1926; consigned to the Anderson Galleries, New York, December 10-11, 1926, lot 276. Charles Woolsey Lyon, New York; sold to Reginald M. Lewis, Easton, Maryland; consigned by his estate to Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, March 24–25, 1961, lot 124; Kilroe Collection, Winter Park, Florida; sold to Israel Sack, New York; sold to Ima Hogg (1882–1975), Houston; given to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1969

Associated names

Kilroe Collection
Ima Hogg
Israel Sack
Charles Woolsey Lyon
Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc.
Israel Sack, Inc.
Reginald Minturn Lewis
Anderson Galleries


The mahogany top is attached a subtop that is dovetailed to the top of the case sides. The mahogany top is comprised of two boards surrounded at the front and sides by cove moldings. Facing strips cover the joints of the drawer dividers and the sides of the case. The ogee-bracket feet have vertical blocks that rest against the bottom of the case with horizontal glue blocks abutting them. The brackets on the rear feet are wedge-shaped.


Catalogued in 1926 as "Important Mahogany Block-Front Chest Of Drawers By Goddard"

See also


David B. Warren et al., American Decorative Arts and Paintings in the Bayou Bend Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Houston: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1998), 84, no. F135, ill.
Helen Comstock, American Furniture: Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth Century Styles (New York: Viking Press, 1962), fig. 299.
David B. Warren, Bayou Bend: American Furniture, Paintings, and Silver from the Bayou Bend Collection (Houston: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1975), 66, no. 129.
Anderson Galleries, New York, The Important Collection of American Antiques From The King Hooper Mansion Marblehead, Mass., Part I, Sold By Order Of Mr. I.Sack Boston, Mass., sale cat. (December 10–11, 1926), 90, lot 276.
Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, American Furniture: Property of the Estate of the Late Reginald M. Lewis, sale cat. (March 24–25, 1961), 38, lot 124.