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This cherry chest of drawers, with its elaborately scalloped top, was probably made in Deerfield, Massachusetts, for David Hoyt of Deerfield. Hoyt gave the chest to his daughter Persis on her marriage to John Sheldon in 1769. Similar chests have descended in the families of two sisters of Persis. Each is linked to a wedding date. Furniture with shaped tops are an expression of the rococo style. This unique furniture style appeared in the Connecticut River Valley from Wethersfield, Connecticut, to Deerfield, Massachusetts, in the middle years of the 18th century.


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Chest of Drawers

date   c. 1769
location   Deerfield, Massachusetts
depth   24.0"
height   35.0"
width   39.75"
process/materials   cherry
item type   Household Goods/Furniture
accession #   #1892.18.04

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Will of Persis Sheldon

Guardianship Appointment to Persis Sheldon

High Chest of Drawers

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