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  SOUTHERN BLANKET CHEST ON TALL, TAPERED LEGS, IN SALMON PAINT WITH EXCELLENT SURFACE, VIRGINIA / TENNESSEE / KENTUCKY REGION, 1830-50
Dimensions (inches): 24" tall x 46.75" wide x 18" deep
Description:
SOUTHERN BLANKET CHEST ON TALL, TAPERED LEGS, IN SALMON PAINT WITH EXCELLENT SURFACE, VIRGINIA / TENNESSEE / KENTUCKY REGION, 1830-50:

Southern blanket chest on mortised legs that taper at the bottom to finely pointed, country Hepplewhite feet. The rather crude, yet beautiful form has a Shaker-like simplicity. Made in the Virginia / Tennessee / Kentucky region, the style is reminiscent of tapered-legged hunt boards and sugar chests. The exceptional, dry, salmon-painted surface is mid-19th century. As a thin layer applied over an earlier ochre white, it possesses an opaque quality that enhances its appeal. Form, color, and surface combine for a splendid presentation.

Construction: The mix of poplar and heart pine is unusual and indicative of the fact that the maker used what was available to him. The 6-board design is assembled with mortised joints and cut nails. The top has bread-boarded ends.

Provenance: From a NJ/NY dealer's collection, where it had resided for 20 years.

Condition: The top has a laterally running split. The back has two chips (upper left and lower right), but the wood is present and the case is structurally sound. The right-hand-breadboard end is a replacement. The cast iron hinges and lock mechanism are early, but are old replacements.
   
Primary Color: salmon pink
Earliest Date: 1830
Latest Date: 1850
For Sale Status: Sold
Price SOLD
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