Walnut Chippendale Spice Chest

Walnut Chippendale Spice Chest
c. 1750-1790

walnut, brass, rosewood

H 2 in. | W 2 1/4 in. | D 1 1/8 in.
H 5.08 cm | W 5.715 cm | D 2.858 cm

Gift of the Eloise Kruger Charitable Trust

Spice chests were quite common, although this design is particularly remarkable in that it contains a hinged door with working lock and key. Spices would be kept loose in the thirteen block and cove-molded drawers, and access to the valuable spices was restricted by the locking door.

Eloise Kruger commissioned this spice chest from Eric Pearson and wrote to him of her delight upon its arrival:

"I raced [my husband] Carl to get it unpacked, and while I was petting that gorgeous inlaid commode and the unique bombe chest, Carl was losing his mind over the spice chest. He always has to try every tiny drawer, while I yell at him to be careful."