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Kast

Date:
1690–1720
Geography:
Probably made in New York, New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Painted yellow poplar, red oak, white pine
Dimensions:
61 1/2 x 60 1/4 x 23 in. (156.2 x 153 x 58.4 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1909
Accession Number:
09.175
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 712
Painted with large pendants of fruit in niches, this piece represents both a type of cupboard—and a form of decoration derived from Dutch prototypes. The ornament, executed in blue-gray, black, and white in a technique known as grisaille, simulates in paint the opulent Baroque carved pendants and festoons popular in the Netherlands during the second half of the seventeenth century on interior woodwork and furniture. Kasten were used for storage of linens, and the pomegranate and quince at the center of the door panels—symbols of fertility and marriage—suggest that this may have been a dowry piece.
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