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
Purchase with funds from the Decorative Arts Endowment
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.