Pennsylvania Chest, ca. 1850

Value (2013) | $18,000$19,000

My father-in-law gave it to me in 1977.

He lived in Pennsylvania, right?

Yes, he was born in Lancaster. His family had been in Lancaster for quite a few years.

This is an absolutely great example to me of a painted small chest, because most chests of this type are maybe another ten inches longer, so it's very diminutive. But especially, I love this great paint that's all over it. You have wonderful decoration on the top with pinwheels. It's this dabbed-on decoration. The front was probably meant to simulate a mahogany veneered chest. But it becomes folk art because it's done in this wonderful, whimsical way. Over on the side, you have this tulip. You have one on your side. And this is typical of Pennsylvania German pieces. This was made probably between about 1840 and 1860 and in rural Pennsylvania. And today, folk art collectors prize chests like this. I would put a price on this of about $18,000 to $19,000 on it.

I didn't think it was that much, no.

Appraisal Details

Keno Auctions
New York, NY
Update (2013)
Appraised value (1999)
Baltimore, MD (June 19, 1999)
Folk Art

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