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The ‘EK’ Hadley Chest

A Collection Spotlight

January 21, 2014 Through June 8, 2014

In the John and Norah Warbeke Gallery


Hadley Chest, ca. 1700

Maker Unknown (British; American)
Oak, pine and paint
MH 1923.2.I(b).SIV

Maker Unknown (American; British), EK Hadley Chest, ca. 1700

This collection spotlight features an iconic piece of early 18th-century Massachusetts furniture, the Museum’s “EK” Hadley chest. This examination of the object explores the design and construction that defines this furniture tradition, the provenance of the Museum’s example, and the significance of these objects that were commissioned for young Western Massachusetts women. "The “EK” chest collection spotlight is part of the statewide celebration of Massachusetts furniture. For more information, please visit: