Paint Decorated Storage Chest

One day, a whimsical painter decided to paint decorate a practical storage chest in an unusual and fun way. First, a base coat of salmon colored paint was applied all over the chest. Then, starting from the left front side,  2 ‘suns’ were painted with black paint in each corner. The sun’s rays spilled out across the front, left side and top of the chest. Another sun added on the right side of the chest spewed it’s billowing rays. What may have influenced the artist to create such an array? Possibly, the invention of the kaleidoscope by a Scotsman in 1816. This is entirely possible since the 4 turned feet indicate the chest was made circa 1820.

Beside its folky charm, the chest offers a great deal of practical value. 3 dove- tailed pull out drawers in the base provide useful storage. But, the main attraction is the lift top lid and interior space of the chest itself which is large enough to hold a significant amount. A handy till, or box with a lid is mounted on the left side and can hold smaller items. The lid of the till is also useful to prop up the large chest lid.

The one- piece board top is set in a frame of wood and fits snuggly onto the base of the chest. The salmon color has faded over the past 200 years to a warm ochre. Practical and beautiful, this chest is sturdy and has survived until now, ready to be of use to a new owner. 

The Facts:

Made of tulip wood, probably Pennsylvania circa 1820

Condition – very good used condition, clean interior, replaced knobs, a few minor repairs

Dimensions – Height 28” Width  49 ½” Depth 20 ½” 



Dealer Noonmark Antiques
Date: Circa 1820
Origin Possibly Pennsylvania
Measurements H 28" W 49" D 20 1/2"
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Price $2,700.
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