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Painted MINIATURE Blanket Chest in High State of Originality.....SALE PENDING
Northeast, likely Pennsylvania, ca. 1820-1840. Original dry bittersweet paint on poplar and pine. Very well made by a capable cabinet-maker. The dovetailed case sits on turned feet that are double-tenoned through the bottom. The lid, with hand-planed molded edges is held by its original hinges, opening to a box retaining it's little till and lock. The whole in superb condition, very clean, with cool, minor period repair using cut nails to secure an ancient crack at the back-edge of the lid. The painted surfaces are soft to the touch. The finest example of this form that I have seen! Just 15 ¾ inches wide x 9 ½ tall x 7 7/8 deep. Likely used to hold important documents and/or valuables. Provenance: Fine New England collection. .
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