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Thomas Gross, Jr., American, 1775 - 1839

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America


Mahogany, yellow poplar, yellow pine; brass

6 feet 10 3/4 inches × 43 1/4 inches × 22 1/2 inches (210.2 × 109.9 × 57.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

* Gallery 207, American Art, second floor

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Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Leslie Legum, 1983

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Thomas Gross was a freed African American cabinetmaker who operated a shop in the Germantown area of Philadelphia, where he designed and made monumental case pieces such as this chest-on-chest. He also maintained a thriving business as an undertaker, a profession many cabinetmakers practiced on the side.

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