This diminutive high chest, while fully in the Late Baroque mode, evinces subtle changes from its Early Baroque predecessors. The facade is still covered with a figured veneer, but checkered banding now accentuates the drawer fronts. However, the principal stylistic development is discernible in the lower case; in place of the six turned legs are four cabriole supports, the turned pendants suggesting the center legs. The great central arch and undulating stretchers have also been eliminated, and the skirt rail is divided into three segments. The focus has shifted to the central drawer, with its inlaid, stylized Late Baroque shell.

Book excerpt: Warren, David B., Michael K. Brown, Elizabeth Ann Coleman, and Emily Ballew Neff. American Decorative Arts and Paintings in the Bayou Bend Collection. Houston: Princeton Univ. Press, 1998.


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Maker
American
Title
High Chest of Drawers
Date
c. 1730–1775
Medium
Soft maple, black walnut, and inlay; eastern white pine
Dimensions
66 3/4 × 37 3/8 × 21 1/4 in. (169.5 × 94.9 × 54 cm)
Credit Line

The Bayou Bend Collection, gift of Miss Ima Hogg

Current Location
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
QUEEN ANNE BEDROOM
Accession Number
B.69.221
Classification
Furniture
Provenance

Acquired by Miss Ima Hogg on June 29, 1953, from Ginsburg & Levy, NYC