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Boston Bombé Chest
mahogany, 32"h, 38"w, 20"d

There are few American furniture forms as intriguing as the bombé. The name comes from from the French for "bulged", and the style was most popular in the Boston, being used in chests, chest-on-chest bases, desks, and desk bookcases. As made by American makers, the sides and fronts are carved from solid 3" thick mahogany.

This example adds the further appeal of a reverse-serpentine front. The profile of the sides and the compound curves of the front reveal spectacular patterns in the grain of the mahogany. The plates of the Chippendale-style pulls are bent so as to follow the curves of the surface. In addition, the chest stands on four strong ball and claw feet made in the Boston style with back-swept side digits. 

similar example: Greene p. 258

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