Provenance: Descended in Pleasance Family, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania; Bernard & S. Dean Levy
This chest is one of the most beautiful examples of the
John and Thomas Seymour Boston school of cabinet work, exhibiting many of their
This straight front chest of drawers has four
graduated drawers, each with a cockbeading which surrounds a lightwood maple
banding of light and dark wood line inlays. All are surrounded by finely
grained flame mahogany veneers. Each drawer is centered by an ivory inlaid oval
escutcheon, and retains its original brass hardware, side-handles, and locks.
The rectangular top is faced with a maple banding edged with ebony line inlay on
its front and sides. This motif is repeated on the spade feet and skirt which
is serpentine in front, and of a half round shape on the sides.