18C Pennsylvania Cherrywood & Cedar Blanket Chest

18C Pennsylvania Cherrywood & Cedar Blanket Chest.

PRESENTING a GORGEOUS 18th Century piece of American furniture ……. an 18C Pennsylvania Cherrywood and Cedar Blanket Chest.

This chest is of simple form and construction, in the SHAKER Style.

The exterior is made of Cherrywood and the Interior is made of Cedar to protect the contents from moths………it still has a glorious Cedar Smell when opened.

This piece would be considered a ‘Provincial” piece…..made by craftsmen in rural Pennsylvania circa 1780 – 1800.

Lovely dovetailing and quality construction.

It has a GORGEOUS natural patina consistent with its age.

The interior contains a lidded ‘Candle Box” for holding candles.

The Chest sits on 4 pediment feet with scrolls.

Probably made by the Amish in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Amish furniture is furniture manufactured by the Amish, primarily of Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Ohio. It is generally known as being made of 100% wood and usually without particle board or laminate. The styles most often used by the Amish woodworkers are generally more traditional in nature.

Amish furniture first gained attention in the 1920s, when early American folk art was “discovered”, and dealers and historians placed great value upon the beauty and quality of the pieces. Many different styles of Amish furniture emerged.[1] The Jonestown School began in the late 18th century in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania. The Jonestown School is most widely known for painted blanket chests decorated with flowers on three panels. Examples of these chests are on display at both the Smithsonian Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Another distinctive style of Amish furniture is the Soap Hollow School, developed in Soap Hallow, Pennsylvania. These pieces are often brightly painted in red, gold, and black. Henry Lapp was a furniture maker based in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and it is his designs that most closely resemble the furniture we think of today as Amish-made. He was one of the first to abandon the painted, Germanic-style influence in his furniture and opted for an undecorated, plain style, following more the styles of Welsh furniture making of the time. The order book he offered to his customers contained watercolor paintings of his pieces and is now in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The record price for American folk-painted furniture was sold at Sotheby’s in 1986. It was a tall case clock made in 1801 by Johannes Spitler that sold for $203,500.

Because Amish beliefs prevent the use of electricity, many woodworking tools in Amish shops are powered by hydraulic and pneumatic power that is run on diesel compressors. Most communities permit some technology, and allowances can be made in the case of woodworking, as the craft often supports multiple families within the community.

Great attention is paid to the details of the wood in the furniture-making process. Each piece of wood is hand-selected to match the specific furniture in mind. Attention is paid to the grain of the wood, both in gluing pieces together and in achieving the desired look of the finished piece. Amish furniture is also valued for its sustainability and is considered a green product. The Amish woodworkers pride themselves in their work and view their products as both pieces of art and furnishings to be used and lived in for generations.

Amish furniture is made in many different styles. The Mission and Shaker styles share a few characteristics. Mission is characterized by straight lines and exposed joinery. It is often considered to be clean and modern in design. [2] The Shaker style is plain, yet elegant and has a very simple and basic design aimed at functionality and durability. [3]The Queen Anne style is in direct contrast to the Mission and Shaker styles. It is considered traditional, with ornate moldings, unique foot details, and carved ornamentation. Other styles available are Southwestern, Rustic, Cottage, and Beachfront.

Amish furniture making is often a skill passed through many generations. Most Amish children rarely attend school beyond eighth grade, often to help out at home, or in the shops. Many families become known for their specific design details and niches. Some woodworkers focus only on outdoor furniture, others on pieces for the living room or bedroom. No piece of furniture is ever identical to another because of the care taken to select the wood. The grain is different on every piece of wood, and the craftsmen often try to highlight the features of each individual piece.

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amish_furniture

BLANKET CHESTS were made to hold bed linens, quilts and blankets.

They would be an important part of a bedroom’s decor in the late 18th and early 19th Centuries.

Many Blanket Chests (such as this one) also held a Candle Box for the storage of candles….essential for those dark nights pre-electricity.

The Blanket Chests would normally be of a very simple form….especially in rural parts of the early colonies.

The more ornate the Chest………the more urban and decadent the designs would become.

Many Chests were hand-painted in a form of traditional ‘Folk Art”.



18C Pennsylvania Cherrywood & Cedar Blanket Chest.

Condition: This Chest is in very good condition. The ‘hinges and side lifting hinge are much more recent additions to the original piece……but everything else is ORIGINAL. It does not have a key.

Dimensions: 42.5″ Wide, 19″ Deep and 20.25″ Tall

Provenance: Part of a Private Collector’s HIGH-End Collection for over 30 years.

Price Now: $4,250










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