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    Artist Name:

    John Bieber

    Nationality & Life Dates:

    1763 – 1825

    Title:

    Chest Over Drawers

    Date:

    1793

    Medium:

    Poplar, pine, and polychrome paint

    Dimensions:

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

    Credit Line:

    Purchase with funds from the Decorative Arts Endowment

    Accession Number:

    1984.52

    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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