Valuables Cabinet, 1679
James Symonds (1633 - 1714)
Salem, Mass.
Oak, maple, iron, paint
Museum Purchase
Peabody Essex Museum,
138011

"The initials and date carved on this cabinet celebrate the marriage of Joseph and Bathsheba Pope, prominent members of the Quaker community in Salem Village (now Danvers). The box contains 10 small drawers for storage and retains its original paint and decorative elements, making it one of the best-preserved examples of 17th-century American furniture."

John T. Kirk, "The Tradition of English Painted Furniture Part 1: The experience in colonial New England" Antiques CXVII No. 5, May 1980; 1078; Christie's: The Joseph and Bathsheba Pope Valuables Cabinet (New York, 2000); American Furniture, 2001.

Quoted from ARTscape entry on the Peabody Essex Museum website: http://www.pem.org.