Blanket Chest

Collection Type

  • Furniture

Date

1710-1740

GUSN

GUSN-2989

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

Descriptive Terms

blanket chests
case furniture
painting (coating)
pine (wood)
Chest
Chest

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.

Associated Building

Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.),

Maker

Unknown

Dimensions

39 x 36 1/2 x 19 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little

Accession Number

1991.1469

Places

Massachusetts (United States)
Massachusetts (United States)