Chest of drawers

DATE:
1710–1730
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
American black walnut, yellow poplar, red oak, chestnut, and brass
CLASSIFICATION:
Furnishings
DIMENSIONS:
39 5/8 × 43 3/8 × 22 in. (100.65 × 110.17 × 55.88 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Decorative Arts and Design
LOCATION:
American Art - 18th Century, Level 4
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, The Faith P. and Charles L. Bybee Collection, gift of Mr. and Mrs. James R. McNab, Jr.
COPYRIGHT:
Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art.
OBJECT NUMBER:
1985.B.1

General Description

The decoration of this chest, composed of inset strips of light-colored wood, suggests a geometric pattern of tulips and berries. Although this type of decoration has long been associated with Germans, who began immigrating to southeastern Pennsylvania in 1683, recent scholarship suggests Welsh craftsmen were among the first to bring these designs to rural Chester County.

Excerpt from:

Kevin W. Tucker, DMA unpublished material, Label text (1985.B.1), 2006.