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Spice Cabinet | American | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1700-1730 American (Pennsylvania) Spice cabinet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York - Note the keyhole in the cabinet door. In the 18th century, spices were expensive imported commodities, so it made sense for them to be kept under lock and key when not in use. The mistress of the house would keep the key on her person - possibly on a chatelaine - and closely monitor how much was being used by herself, her family or the staff, depending on the household's circumstances.
Armoire | French | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1715-1725 French Armoire at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York - Where the English used chests of drawers to store their clothes (called tallboys), the French used armoires like this. However, I do not know the interior structure, having never seen one in a museum that I could open. That being said, while some French armoires can be quite elaborate, the style on this one is quite similar to some French-Canadian pieces I have seen before, albeit with a time lag of a few decades.
Newport Historical Society : Online Collections
c.1760-1780, Mahogany and chestnut chest-on-chest with ogee pediment. Four drawers in lower chest, three large and two small drawers in upper chest. Fluted bowl finials on fluted plinths, closed pediment, shaped panels below pediment, stop-fluted quarter columns on both chests, ogee bracket feet with continuous bracket running below the lower case molding. Descended in the Audrey Clarke family of Newport. Closely related examples: RISD, 59.251; and coll. Of Robert Goelet (illus: ”Ott, J. B...
High chest of drawers | American | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Chest of drawers, 1755–90, Philadelphia, Mahogany, tulip poplar, yellow pine. 99 x 45 1/2 x 25 in. (251.5 x 115.6 x 63.5 cm). Immigrant craftsmen in Philadelphia produced the most elaborate and richly carved of all colonial American furniture. This high chest demonstrates how Philadelphia artisans updated traditional Baroque forms by adding carved Rococo-style ornament.