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Grand Rapids in 1856

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Adams Style Chifforobe

Adams Style Chifforobe

1915 - 1925

The marquetry decoration on this chest lends it a delicate, light quality despite its large size. Use of ovals, classical figures, the owl on the side panel (a symbol of the goddess Athena), urns, and the geometric "Greek Key" or "meander" found on the bottom skirt are typical features of the Adams Style. Several woods were used in this piece: satinwood, kingwood, rosewood, mahogany, Chinese elm, holly, and ebony. All surfaces are veneered with the exception of the lower case carved molding and feet.


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TitleAdams Style Chifforobe
Date1915 - 1925

The chifforobe is part of a handmade line designed by Tom Handley for the Johnson Furniture Co. A chifforobe combines the wardrobe and the chest of drawers. A clothes cabinet with a door is built on to a small chest of drawers. Its measurements are: 36.5 in. wide, 19 in. deep, 60 in. high. 

When the Furnituer Museum closed in 1963 the piece was donated to the Grand Rapids Public Museum

CollectionPermanent Collection

This image was reproduced with permission from the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Photographs may not be reused without permission and must credit the "Collections of the Grand Rapids Public Museum." For rights and reproduction information contact: Grand Rapids Public Museum, Collections Department, 272 Pearl Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504: Phone 616-929-1809.

InstitutionGrand Rapids Public Museum
Physical Storage LocationGrand Rapids Public Museum Archives
Locationlocation on map

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