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Blanket Chest

Date:
1835–75
Culture:
American, Shaker
Medium:
Pine
Dimensions:
29 1/8 x 38 3/4 x 19 in. (74 x 98.4 x 48.3 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Friends of the American Wing Fund, 1966
Accession Number:
66.10.15
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 746
This "heavenly blue" Shaker blanket chest has one deep drawer. The blanket chest was a familiar furniture form in colonial New England that the Shakers borrowed and adapted to their own taste. Close examination of the finish reveals a number of coats of paint, varying slightly in tint, providing rare evidence of original painted Shaker furniture. Very early Shaker furniture may have been given a heavy coat of paint to act as a wood preservative. Later furniture was embellished with thinned paint, in order for the natural grain of the wood to remain visible.
Faith and Edward Deming Andrews, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, until 1966
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