Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • Blanket chest, 1835–75
    American
    Pine; 29 1/8 x 38 3/4 x 19 in. (74 x 98.4 x 48.3 cm)
    Friends of the American Wing Fund, 1966 (66.10.15)

    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.

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  • Blanket chest, 1835–75
    American
    Pine; 29 1/8 x 38 3/4 x 19 in. (74 x 98.4 x 48.3 cm)
    Friends of the American Wing Fund, 1966 (66.10.15)

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