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Chest-on-Chest

Thomas Gross, Jr., American, 1775 - 1839

Geography:
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America

Date:
1805-1810

Medium:
Mahogany, yellow poplar, yellow pine; brass

Dimensions:
6 feet 10 3/4 inches × 43 1/4 inches × 22 1/2 inches (210.2 × 109.9 × 57.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

* Gallery 107, American Art, first floor

Accession Number:
1983-167-1a,b

Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Leslie Legum, 1983

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Label:
Thomas Gross was a freed African American cabinetmaker who operated a shop in the Germantown area of Philadelphia, where he designed and made monumental case pieces such as this chest-on-chest. He also maintained a thriving business as an undertaker, a profession many cabinetmakers practiced on the side.


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