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Blanket Chest

1991.1469 (RS80896)

Description

Chest of drawers. Painted wood. Composed of two large real drawers and two false drawers below a deep till. Top consists of rectangular, pin-hinged lid with molded front edge. Painted decoration features black running vines with flowers painted entirely black, black flowers with red disks, and pink flowers against a dark red-brown background Single arch moldings and all original lock escutcheons and pin hinges. Right end of top drawer has original back plate. Rests on front raised ball feet and wide-end boards that form the back supports instead of back feet.

Details

Label
In Cherished Possessions 2003-2005: The Littles were especially drawn to furniture with painted surfaces. Nina Little explained this interest: In our day of machine production hand craftsmanship of any kind is becoming increasingly rare. I find my satisfaction in the warmth and subtlety of the old hand-mixed pigments does not diminish, nor does my conviction that in saving the old finishes, and recording them in print, we are preserving for the future a few significant scraps of America's fast-vanishing heritage of painted decoration.The Littles considered the chest viewed here a “happy addition” to their collection, and noted the affinity of the painted design to needlework patterns from the same period.
Maker
unknown
Date
1710-1740
Associated Building
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.).
Material
painting (coating)
pine (wood)
Object type
Furniture; Storage & Display Furniture
Places
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
blanket chests
case furniture
Chest
painting (coating)
pine (wood)
Dimensions
39 x 36 1/2 x 19 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1991.1469
Credit Line
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
GUSN
2989

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