AMERICAN GRAIN PAINTED BLANKET CHEST OVER SCROLLED FEET
Pennsylvania, c. 1820-40
Item # 1406XCY28P
This precious blanket chest remains in untouched condition, retaining originality in every aspect of the surface and structure - most importantly, the delightful scrolled front feet are entirely original to the case. The grain painted surface is a kaleidoscope of chaotic but nearly symmetrical figuring, mostly blends of ochre pigment. The resulting effect is highly understated, only fully developing in the eye after looking upon the surfaces for a period of time. It is a surface full of character and craquelure amidst the oxidized chips, dings and abrasions. Most of the chest is crafted of large planks of yellow pine, these dovetailed along the sides and back. The till lid is tulip poplar. The back feet are just as magnetic as the front, the form in an overall taper embellished by scratch-beading in the swell and relieved by swelling rings over the ball toes. They were crafted with a slight lift over the front feet, giving the entire chest the slightest "downward" slant - the effect of this is rather ingenious, relieving the squareness of the profile by giving a more full view of the top. The top lifts over "Baldwin" hinges, one of the most active and well respected hinge foundries in the UK during the 19th century.
A truly remarkable find, particularly in it's simply stunning untouched condition.
Measurements: 24 1/4" high x 38 3/4" wide x 19" deep
Original grain painted surface with craquelure throughout - numerous areas of wear, chipping and loss, particularly along the front lower area of the chest. Lid with some scratches and a large gouge in the corner. No key. Very fine overall condition.
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