A vibrant Pennsylvania German painted chest

Painted in vibrant yellow and red colors, this chest is a stellar example of Pennsylvania German folk art that survives in excellent condition. The date "1849" is written on the underside in graphite. On the backboard there is a long swatch of yellow paint on which the artist tested out his decorating technique before painting the chest. This detail, along with the construction of the chest and its style of painted decoration, is often found on furniture made by Jacob and Heinrich Blatt. The Blatts worked in Bern (now Centre) Township, Berks County, PA. A nearly identical chest, signed by the Blatts and dated 1832, is in the collection of Winterthur Museum. See Paint, Pattern & People, p. 189. Excellent condition.

Dealer Philip Bradley Antiques
Date: 1849
Origin Berks County, Pennsylvania
Artist/Maker Jacob and/or Heinrich Blatt
Measurements H. 27 1/2, W. 50, D. 22 1/2 inches
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Website https://www.incollect.com/philiphbradleycoantiques
Price $7,500
Contact Philip Bradley, 610-269-0427 or  bradleyantiques@gmail.com

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