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Artist Name:

John Bieber

Nationality & Life Dates:

1763 – 1825


Chest Over Drawers




Poplar, pine, and polychrome paint


29 1/8 x 50 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches

Credit Line:

Purchase with funds from the Decorative Arts Endowment

Accession Number:


On View - Stent Family Wing, Second Level, Gallery 206
Pennsylvania Dutch dower chests such as this example were personal objects custom-made for a young person to store valuables and keepsakes. Each chest is unique, as they were an expression of individuality for the owner. This also makes them the most expressive and decorated items from the Pennsylvania Dutch region. This chest is attributed to John Bieber, who often painted large, bold, flat hearts and vibrant designs on his work. This chest is an outstanding example of Pennsylvania Dutch Americana.

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