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Kast

Date:
1650–1700
Geography:
Possibly made in New York, New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Painted white oak, red oak
Dimensions:
70 x 67 x 25 in. (177.8 x 170.2 x 63.5 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Millia Davenport, 1988
Accession Number:
1988.21
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 712
A kast is a distinctive type of cupboard that was made in the New York—New Jersey area settled by the Dutch. Strongly architectural in design, the kast derived from Dutch prototypes and was made in America until the early 1800s. The most important piece of furniture in the home, it was probably often a dowry gift. The striking painted surface on this kast simulates stone and is highly unusual. Certain features of the construction and design details reflect, as does the form of the kast itself, Continental rather than English influences. This kast, one of a small number in the seventeenth-century style to have survived, is a rare example of joined oak furniture from the New York area.
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