Bombé Chest of Drawers
Unknown artist, American, Boston; Massachusetts
Bombé Chest of Drawers, 1755-1795
Mahogany, white pine and tulipwood, with brass
81.3 x 96.5 cm (32 x 38 inches)
Bequest of Mr. Charles L. Pendleton 04.079
(October 11, 2013 – February 9, 2014)
The dramatic double-serpentine curvature visible side to side and top to bottom on the front and sides of this chest is known as bombé, taken from the French verb bomber, meaning to bulge. A great feat of woodworking skills, the piece would have been costly to make and rare even in its own time. Adding to the scarcity of this bold form, bombé or kettle chests were unique to eastern Massachusetts, specifically Boston and Salem, affordable to only the wealthiest of clients, namely those who were part of the successful mercantile industry.
American Furniture In Pendleton House
Edited ByPhillips, Janet, ed.
Contributions byMonkhouse, Christopher P., and Thomas S. Michie
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design., 1986
TypeExhibition CatalogueA Handbook of the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design
Edited ByWoodward, Carla M., and Franklin W. Robinson, eds.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1988
TypeMonographs and Collections