Dower Chest “Embroidery Artist” (SOLD)
One of a large group of chests coined the ‘Emboidery Artist’ noted for the large hearts with stylized wrigglework border, lacy vines & flowers along with ornate script . The patterns of the vines and tendrils appear like the needlework of the period hence the above name was assigned to an unidentified maker. This chest was made for “Elisabeth Beinhauer” in 1797.
~ ITEM DETAILS ~Dimensions: W 50 1/2", D 21 1/4", H 22"
Date / Circa: Dated "1797"
Maker / Origin: "Embroidery Artist'", possibly Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.
Medium: Pine with the original polychrome painted finish. It retains the original iron hinges, escutcheon, partial lock and the interior till.
Miscellaneous: Observe the close-up photo of the heart and note the letter "B" of the last name. You will see a face within the script. For a related example see: Fabian, The Pennsylvania German Decorated Chest, plate 128. Descended in the Earnest family of Dauphin County.