Chest of Drawers

Possibly Joseph B. Barry (1760–1838)

Philadelphia, 1810–20

Mahogany, mahogany veneer, tulip poplar, white pine

Gift of Sewell C. Biggs; 1992.74

Philadelphia cabinetmakers like Joseph Barry were heavily influenced by Collection of Designs for Household Furniture and Interior Decoration (1808), a book on furniture design by George Smith. This London designer instructed Americans about the European fashion for furniture forms inspired by recent archeological excavations in Italy.