The classic high chest of drawers, with broken-scroll pedimented top and curved cabriole legs, was introduced in 1730 and remained popular in New England for sixty years. The high chest of drawers became popular in Philadelphia in the 1750s. Its basic form is consistent with that of New England, but its treatment is influenced by pieces from London in the Chippendale or
English rococo style. The juxtaposition of strongly architectural motifs, fluted quarter columns supporting a broken-scroll pediment, and the naturalistic foliate carving are derived from the English rococo style. With its softly modeled, richly carved design and monumental form, this High Chest of Drawers is an outstanding example of the Philadelphia Chippendale style.
Artist Henry Clifton and Thomas Carteret, American, 1755 - 1765
Title
  • High Chest of Drawers
Date between 1755 and 1765
Medium mahogany and brass
Dimensions Overall: 96 3/4 × 45 × 22 1/4 inches (245.7 × 114.3 × 56.5 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, Robert H. Tannahill Foundation Fund and Henry Ford II Fund
Accession Number 73.3
Department American Art before 1950
On View American: Whitby Hall, Drawing Room W264, Level 2 (see map)
Inscriptions Inscribed, in chalk under the top: Join [or possibly Joiner]
Brixey family (New York, New York or Philadephia, Pennsylvania, USA);
by 1972, Charles H. Gershenson (Detroit, Michigan, USA);
1973-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
The Burlington Magazine CXV, 843 (June 1973): p. 393 (ill.).

Bulleting of the DIA 52, 1 (1973): p. 19.

Bulletin of the DIA 55, 2 (1977): p. 117 (ill.).