High chest of drawers, 1730–50 Boston Walnut, walnut veneer, white pine; 90 x 44 x 22 1/4 in. (228.6 x 111.8 x 56.5 cm) Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1909 (10.125.62) In the 1730s, Boston cabinetmakers transformed the traditional flat-topped, turned-leg, William and Mary–style high chest into the scroll-topped, cabriole-leg Queen Anne version. The best examples of this uniquely American design have carved-and-gilded shells and delicate inlaid stars.
Chippendale Mahogany Tilt-Top Piecrust Tea Table Philadelphia, circa 1765 H. 28 ½ in.; Diam. 30 ½ in. David L. Barquist, in "Treasures of the State," attributes this table, another at the Rhode Island School of Design, and the example illustrated from the collection of the U.S. State department to the same workshop.