Berks County, Pennsylvania painted dower chest dated 1803 , the top and front profusely decorated with tulip vines, parrots, stars, etc. on a blue ground, the sides feature 2 facing parrots, all above 3 sponge decorated drawers supported by ogee bracket feet, 27" h., 47 3/4" w. The treatment of the parrots is reminiscent of the Pennsylvania fraktur artists drawings including Otto and Mertel. For a chest decorated by the same hand, see The Pennsylvania German Decorated Chest by Fabian, fig. 236. Provenance: Joe Kindig Jr. & Son Antiques. Copies of letters referring to this piece accompany the lot.
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