Pennsylvania-German Chests

The period following the Thirty Years' War began to see material objects inscribed with owners' names -- members of a developing middle class. When Germans flocked to Pennsylvania in the eighteenth-century they brought with them their decorated chests. The chest is an old style of functional furniture -- at once for sitting and storage. Most of these chests were simply finished or painted, however a number of inlaid or paint-decorated chests are now valuable pieces of Pennsylvanian decorative art.

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