Banner inscribed "WILHEL WAGONER :LIBE: 1816"
Label in chest states "Probable origin in Tylersville, Center (now Clinton) county. All chests of type have been dated 1816 - likely only year in which they were made. One in DuPont coll. This chest was found in mountain home about 10 miles from Tylersville. All have high bracket foot, unusual diagonal underbracing. Were probably made by decorator himself, identity unknown to date. Formerly Paul Auman.
Reproduced Lichten & Lipman, Folk Decoration"
Howard and Jean Lipman
Sotheby's New York, The Howard and Jean Lipman Collection of Important American Folk Art & Painted Furniture, November 14, 1981, sale no. 4730, lot 390
A chest painted by the same hand was sold at Sotheby's New York, Fine Americana and Silver, June 17, 1999, sale no. 7329, lot 173. For additional information see Monroe H. Fabian, The Pennsylvania-German Decorated Chest, (New York: Universe Books, 1978), p. 167, fig. 163.
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