National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Dower Chest Dower Chest
Rendered by Carl Strehlau (artist), c. 1940
watercolor and graphite on paper
overall: 30.2 x 50.4 cm (11 7/8 x 19 13/16 in.) Original IAD Object: 53 3/4" long; 24 1/2" high; 23 1/4" deep
Index of American Design
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From the Tour: Pennsylvania German Folk Art from the Index of American Design
Object 15 of 23

An architectural arrangement was not always painted onto dower chests but was sometimes built in. This chest is constructed with three recessed panels divided by brown and ivory-colored pilasters. Red and green flowers and stars on an ivory ground provide the decorative motifs. Made in the late eighteenth century, this chest is set on onion feet. It is inscribed with the name of the original owner, "Christina Ernstin."

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