Chest with drawers

Workshop of Peter Blin American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 708

Typical of the so-called “sunflower” chests that were produced in the Wethersfield area of Connecticut, this example displays a striking combination of shallow-relief floral carving and applied decoration. The center front panel features the owner’s initials surrounded by a wreath of tulips—a variant of the standard motif of three sunflowers. The carving on the panels resembles patterns for sixteenth-century embroideries.

Chest with drawers, Workshop of Peter Blin (ca. 1675–1725), White oak, yellow pine, white cedar, American

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