January 25, 10:08 PM GMT
25,000 - 35,000 USD
FINE AND RARE YELLOW COMB-DECORATED AND PAINTED PINE 'TREE OF LIFE' BLANKET CHEST, NEW ENGLAND, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
The six-board chest having a rectangular top with canted edge and rabbet joinery: the rectangular hinged top opening to an interior fitted with a till above a conforming case, the case sides ending in boot-jack feet; the chest painted all over in yellow faux-wood grain with a stylized flowering tree motif on the front and the lid embellished with a stylized weeping willow.
Height 22 ½ in. by Width 45 in. by Depth 15 ¼ in.
Christie's New York, The John Gordon Collection of Folk Americana, January 15, 1999, sale 9052, lot 330;
Stephen Score, Boston, Massachusetts.
This exuberantly decorated chest combines curving lines of comb painting with stylized tree motifs on its lid, front, and sides.