Sweet Little Painted Dower Chest
with Horse Profile

Northeast, possibly Pennsylvania (Chester County), ca. early 19th century. Lift top six board chest with picture-frame molding, on a square bracket base with sensational carved apron. Dry original oyster white and gray paint on chocolate ground, on what appears to be poplar with chestnut base-board. The folk decoration of a prancing horse is flanked by massive tulips and two sets of initials. It “feels” like a child’s chest and his/her favorite horse, with both their initials shown. Presents beautifully, can be placed most anywhere, even on top of another chest. Old repairs to front and rear right foot, and to the top board at one of the hinges. Dimensions (at the lid) 26 ¼ inches wide x 13 deep a 18 5/8 tall. Provenance: Kelly Kinzle; private New York State collection. Special!