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    Artist Name:

    Unknown Artist


    High Chest of Drawers


    ca. 1725


    Walnut and maple


    63 1/2 x 41 x 22 1/2 inches

    Credit Line:

    Purchase with funds from the Decorative Arts Endowment

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    On View - Stent Family Wing, Second Level, Gallery 205
    The height of this chest of drawers was made possible by dovetailed construction, an interlocking joinery technique that began to be widely used in the American colonies in the early eighteenth century. Because of its strength the dovetail enabled cabinetmakers to use thinner panels of wood to construct taller, more elegant forms. On this chest, the expensive veneer of burled oak was applied only to the front face, emphasizing that view as the most important; the sides and back were left unadorned.

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