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Chest of drawers

1768-1774
Origin: England, London
OH: 38"; OL: 36" OD: 20"
Mahogany, oak, deal
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1973-323
Chest of drawers with top with molded edge, two small drawers above two slightly graduated larger drawers, rounded base molding above shaped straight bracket feet. Bail and rosette brass drawer handles, inset brass escutcheons.
Label:Philip Bell was one of the few English cabinetmakers whose work can be documented as being imported into Virginia. Martha Custis patronized Bell prior to her marriage to George Washington and the Washingtons continued that tradition through the 1760s.
Mark(s):Label in the top left drawer:
"Philip Bell / Cabinet Maker and Upholder, / at the White Swam / Against the South Gate in / St. Paul's Church Yard / London / N.B. Funerals / Performed."