Extremely Rare, Important & Fine Carved &
Joined Chest, Attributed to Peter Blin
A rare and fine carved and joined oak and
pine chest over two drawers
This example is particularly notable for its superior carving and remarkable
intact condition; including original top and till, moldings and applied turned
ornaments, and full-height feet. The surface appears to have never been degraded
or refreshed, other than with the application of a thin clear oil or finish over
the original “red bricking” earth pigment of the case and moldings.
The applied black turnings and linen fold moldings appear to have been
refreshed [surface only] in the late 19th century.
The single board cleated top with thumbnail molding at front and sides is attached with
original snipe-bill hinges; front framed with three panels above two superimposed
drawers. The center panel features three carved floral devices [sunflowers] and four tulips
issuing from a central stem against a matted ground; flanking panels display large tulips
having gouge-carved detail above leafy and floral devices against a matted ground. The side
panels are similarly framed and edged with applied moldings; at the top, an octagon created
with applied moldings…the corners filled with triangular pieces; the octagonal panel with
applied oval boss is centered by shadow moldings within the rail centers. The lower vertical
panels are flanking the shadow molded stile; bottom rail similarly treated. Back to the
front…The stiles feature applied split spindles; muntins with pairs of applied split
spindles; applied moldings on the upper, middle and lower drawer rails. The side hung
drawers are ornamented to appear as short-inline-drawers, applied moldings create
octagons which center the turned pulls; center of each drawer features a pair of applied
split spindles on applied panels with each drawer flanked by pairs of matching spindles.
Within the chest, on the right side is a lidded till; lid molded on front edge; stiles
are beveled on inside. The drawers are side hung on runners nailed to stiles. The applied
split spindles, moldings between drawers, bosses; triangular corners and rail moldings
are painted black. The case and applied moldings on drawers and panel edges are painted
red. Two back panels are sharply chamfered and fitted within back stiles and upper,
lower and middle rails.
Although there are perhaps three dozen survivors from the Blin workshop, most are
fragmentary, restored, or subject to considerable needed restoration. This present
example, nearly three hundred fifty years old, is notable for its full development
and remarkable intact condition. The applied elements re-attached with nails, screws
and glue but largely intact; vertical molding on proper right of one drawer cracked
and replaced; approximate one inch hole in backboard of chest at bottom, appears very
old; no sign of surface degrading; surface of black painted elements enhanced circa 1900;
partial replacement of wrought iron snipe hinges.
We believe it is most closely related to an example in the collection of Historic Deerfield,
which is in “as found” unrestored condition. A similar chest, with some questionable
divergence of detail, was sold at Christies, NY, January 21, 2011, Lot 64, and realized
three-hundred eighty-two thousand dollars.
This Sunflower Chest remains in a remarkable intact state of originality most likely because
it descended in a multigenerational family collection until 1981 and was then sold to a
well-known dealer of early furniture who placed it within a very good collection where it has
remained for nearly 40-years. The applied elements re-attached with nails, screws and glue but
largely intact; vertical molding on proper right of one drawer cracked and replaced; approximate
one inch hole in backboard of chest at bottom, appears very old; no sign of surface degrading;
surface of black painted elements enhanced circa 1900; partial replacement of wrought iron snipe hinges.
(Height: 41.25"; width: 48"; depth: 20.75")
Please contact David Hillier to discuss this chest
Dean A. Fales, The Furniture of Historic Deerfield,
(New York, E.P. Dutton & Co., 1976), pp. 166-167.
Jonathan Fairbanks and Robert Trent New England Begins: Vol. 2 Mentality and Environment,
(Boston, MA: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1982), p.266-267.
Walter A. Dyer, The Tulip-and-Sunflower Press Cupboard, Magazine Antiques, (April 1935)
reprinted in Robert F. Trent edited Pilgrim Century Furniture,
(New York, Main Street/ Universe Books, 1976), pp. 122-125.
Philip Zea, The Great River: Art and Society of the Connecticut Valley, 1635-1820
(Hartford, CT, 1985), cats. 78, 79, pp. 198-201.
Susan Prendergast Schoelwer, Connecticut Sunflower Furniture: A Familiar Form Reconsidered,
Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (Spring 1989), pp. 26-29.
Robert F. Trent entry, American Furniture with Related Decorative Arts,
1660-1830: The Milwaukee Art Museum and the Layton Art Collection,
(New York: Hudson Hill Press, 1991), pp. 37-39.
Gerald W.R. Ward, American Case Furniture,
(New Haven, CT: Yale University Art Gallery, 1988),
pp. 90-95, 379-385.
Martha H. Willoughby, From Carved to Painted: Chests of Central and
Coastal Connecticut, c. 1675-1725 (M.A. thesis, University of Delaware,
DE, 1994), pp. 14-76.
Joshua W. Lane and Donald P. White III, Fashioning Furniture and Framing
Communities: Woodworkers and the Rise of a Connecticut River Valley Town,
American Furniture 2005, ed. Luke Beckerdite,
(Milwaukee, WI: Chipstone Museum, 2005), pp. 146-238.
Frances Gruber Safford, American Furniture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: I.
Early Colonial Period: The Seventeenth Century and William and Mary Styles
(New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2007), pp. 219-224.
Rob Tarule; Thinking in the Wood: Carving a Sunflower Chest,
New England Antiques Journal, (June 2008).
Antique Cherrywood Lift Top Chest, Blanket Chest Above Three Drawers
Rare dental molding, original surface and hardware, outstanding base
Connecticut, Circa 1800
The rectangular lift-top with applied compound molding featuring extremely rare dental
molding hung from original iron butt hinges above a conforming case of two false-drawers
above three working drawers having thumb molded overhanging edges. The case on conforming
compound and dental molded base raised on fabulously profiled [lobed] bracket feet
remaining on full-height pads. The brasses are not the first...however, the posts are
within original borings…fantastic and period; framed high relief lions head centering
cornucopias within double molded edge having repeated dot motif.
(Top: 38 by 18”, case: 35.75 by 17 by 51.5”)
Antique Painted Blanket Chest on Tall Ogee Cutout Feet, Original Red Paint
New England, Circa 1800-1825
Outstanding front and side foot profiles
Slightly projecting molded lid remains on original snipe hinges; deep chest above
drawer with overhanging edges; the whole on tall and outstanding feet.
Height: 36"; width: 38"; depth: 13.95"
Period Paint Decorated 18th Century Blanket Chest with Drawer, Historic Surface
New England, First-half 18th Century
The rectangular top with applied molding above chest having single drawer standing on applied bracket
feet joined by fabulous scalloped apron centering lobe. Wonderful dry early 19th century folk art painted
composition over original blue. Original snipe hinges, drawer pulls are not original. (Very good condition,
Top lightly cleaned of dirt; one small area of putty fill; one-third of proper right lid molding and side
molding restored; usual cracks to base commensurate with age and shrinkage.)
(width: 38”, depth: 15.5”, height 31”)
Blanket Chest, Old Blue Paint
Poplar case, chestnut drawer bottom
Hinged rectangular top with applied molding above a conforming case having four false-front drawers (two faux short-drawers over two long-drawers), above a working long-drawer, with applied molding at base; the whole on tall arched cutout feet. The surface cleaned to reveal thinning and wonderful blue paint; brass hardware is replaced (each brass hiding a small wood dowel plugging later post apertures); bottoms of drawer sides slightly built-up adjusting use-wear, and smooth functioning. This attractive chest remains in generally very good condition; any minor imperfections are consistent with age. (H: 36"; W: 38"; D: 19.5")
Lift-top Paint Decorated Two-Drawer Blanket Chest, Faux Curly Maple
Likely Massachusetts, Early 19th Century
Original faux curly maple graining, fine construction, outstanding original condition
The rectangular top with tapered and notched cleats over a deep-well above two working long-drawers retaining original turned wood pulls above tall cutout bracket feet; the sides featuring ogee foot profiles. (Height: 44", width: 39", depth: 18")
Blanket Chest, Lift Top over Two Drawers, Original Red Paint
New Hampshire History, 18th Century
A survivor in great surface
The rectangular lid with applied moldings retains its original snipe-hinges and is over a deep chest having a lidded till; the two long drawers never had pulls.
The case features a molded base and rests on cutout feet joined by a narrow apron.
The right proper front foot profile appears to have been partially restored very early in its working life; wood, tool marks and thinning pigment are consistent with upper half and other feet as if it was repaired by the maker. (38 by 19.5 by 44.5”)
Blanket Chest, Deep Well
Original brasses and surface
The surface is partially over-varnished.
Dimensions: 47.5" H, 42" W, 17" D.
Previous Offerings or Gone to New Homes
Blanket Chest, Paint Decorated, Schoharie or Albany County, New York, Original Condition
Circa 1815 to 1830
Exuberant floral and foliate border centering a lush basket of flowers-SOLD
Displaying urn of flowers flanked by the letters "M.M.," the owner's initials, centered by border of scrolling vines and floral rosettes against black and red graining.
(Very good condition with imperfections to top; H: 20.5", W: 43.75", D: 17.75")
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For illustrations of related chests, see: Mary Antoine De Julio, "New York-German Painted Chests," The Magazine Antiques, May 1985, pages 1156-1165; also, Cynthia V. A. Schaffner and Susan Klein, American Painted Furniture, page 149.
Antique Paint Decorated Blanket Chest, Outstanding Base and Original Condition
New England, early 19th century
Beautifully thumb molded top having finely crafted cleats and original hinges over the deep chest
containing lidded till; single long drawer retaining original brass pulls. The whole raised on tall and
outstanding cutout feet. Soft gray rag-daubed paint with subtle hints of red intermixed.
The overall condition is superb.
(Height: 32.5"; width: 43.75”; depth: 17.25")SOLD
Blanket Chest, Original Paint, Shoe Feet, Initialed “JR”
Mohawk Valley, New York, Circa 1800
White pine, oak feet - SOLD
Rectangular lid with applied molding over a conforming case of dovetail joinery, raised on finely molded base resting on original chip-carved shoe feet. The interior fitted with lift-top till; case retains original wrought iron hardware…featuring heart-shaped back plates.
(Width: 40”, depth: 18”, height: 18.5”)
1120-82 - SOLD
Mule Chest, Early Chest, Original Brass, Faux & Working Drawers, Great Surface
A Circa 1720-1740 Transitional William & Mary to Queen Anne Chest in Surface
Possibly Merrimacport or Newbury
A New England chest in fantastic surface…the rectangular lid with integral molded edge retains original carved cleats and original cotter pin hinges; a conforming case with applied half round moldings features a pair of faux drawers over two functional drawers; the whole raised on molded base frame resting on carved straight bandy legs with pad feet [back legs are square]. Robust surface with great depth of patina displays traces of original thinning gain painted surface.
(Height: 43.25"; width: 39"; depth: 19")
Paint Decorated Blanket Chest, Powerful Visual Impact, Original Paint and Hardware
New England, Circa 1825
White pine - SOLD
Chamfered-edge lift-top retaining original snipe hinges above chest featuring deep-well and two graduated long drawers; the whole raised on cutout feet joined by valanced aprons. (There are scattered and very old minor areas of thin-fill that can be removed, all else excellent. H: 41.75"; W: 37.75"; D: 16.5") Please call for full description, and/or enthusiastic discussion.
1230-1 - SOLD
Blanket Chest, Paint Decorated, Original Surface, Fine Condition
White pine, original turned wooden pulls, clean - SOLD
The rectangular lid with applied molding above a conforming case; box above drawer raised on cutout base. Bright brownish/red putty-rolled concentric circles ornament the front panel; full coverage vinegar decoration on all surfaces remains bright and fine. (Dimensions: 29" H, 34.25" W, 17" D.)
783-6 - SOLD
Blanket Chest, Fancy Painted
First quarter, 19th century
Superb form and construction - SOLD
The lid with bold applied molding hung from original shaped strap hinges above the dovetailed case with horizontal applied molding centered by two short drawers having overhanging thumb-molded edges and original brasses. The drawers are flanked by fluted panels. The dry bittersweet paint is original and has slightly darker subtle flourishes; and remains in fine original condition with good patina. The case raised on turned feet. (W: 49.75"; H: 26"; D: 23".)
977-26 - SOLD
Small Blanket Chest, Original Paint Decorated Surface, Flaring French Feet
Likely Pennsylvania, circa 1820
Dovetail joinery, molded lid and base, lidded till, original hardware - SOLD
(Very good original condition; H: 21”, W: 31”, D: 16”)
107-267 - SOLD
William and Mary Blanket Chest, Original and Beautiful Ball Feet on Conical Pads
Likely Massachusetts, Early 18th Century
Hard Pine - SOLD
Molded rectangular lift-top retaining original snipe hinges over the conforming case featuring original moldings; deep-well above two false drawers above two working drawers, the whole raised on molded base resting on original feet.
(Replaced hardware, thinned red wash; H: 39.5”, W: 37”, D: 20”)
648-14 - SOLD
Painted Blanket Chest
Circa 1810-1820 - SOLD
The rectangular lid with applied molding above deep well and two long drawers raised on tall shapely bootjack ends...the front joined by elegant drapery-like valenced bottom rail with half-round drop at center. Wide brush strokes of black paint within arched borders against field of red decorate the front; sides and lid with similar decoration. The brasses are replaced with all else fine. (Height: 44.25"; width: 42.5"; depth: 18.25".)
195-12 - SOLD
Chest, Blanket Chest, Chinoiserie Paint Decorated, Lift-Top, William and Mary
New England, 18th Century - SOLD
Lift-top above molded case featuring three faux-drawers above two-working long-drawers; the whole raised on molded and applied bracket base.
(Very good condition, replaced hardware, else fine; H: 40", W: 34.75", D: 18.75")
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413-34 - SOLD
Paneled Blanket Chest, Original Painted Surface, All Sides Feature Raised Panels
Fine construction, mortise and tenon joinery, clean, small coffee table size - SOLD
(H: 23", W: 39.25", D: 18.5")
1040-1 - SOLD
Blanket Chest, Paint Decorated, Lift-Top, Two-drawers
New England, Early 19th Century
Maple, chestnut and pine - SOLD
Excellent original paint and condition; brasses appropriately replaced in original borings. (Height: 45.75"; width: 40.25"; depth: 19".)
191-303 - SOLD
Blanket Chests, Fine Original Paint Decoration, Pair
Circa 1825 to 1835
Bold and clean, full coverage paint - SOLD
A crisp and bright pair of putty-painted six-board chests retaining fine original surface of burnt sienna; rectangular lids with applied beaded molding above deep-well raised on bootjack ends. Superb condition. (Dimensions: 25.25" H, 43.25" W, 18" D.)
935-1 - SOLD
Blanket Chest, Ball Foot, Old Red Paint, Black Molding
Circa 1710 to 1730 - SOLD
The lift top with applied molding above deep-well above two working long drawers; the case with applied double-bead molding raised on molded base resting on ball feet retaining full pads. (Height: 37.5"; width: 38"; depth: 19")
274-118 - SOLD
Blanket Chest, Original Paint and Painted Decoration
Circa 1830 to 40
White pine and poplar, original brasses - SOLD
Unusual and possibly unique decorated lift-top blanket chest above two-drawers constructed. The rectangular top with turret front-corners on conforming case with turned front stiles centering the deep well above a pair of short side-by-side drawers retaining original brasses; raised on tall delicate turned legs featuring delicate tapered spike feet. The height of this piece and its unusual width make it suitable for use as a server, a very difficult object to find in American painted furniture. (Ht. 36"; W. 48"; D. 19".)
201-257 - SOLD
19th Century - SOLD
The lid hung on iron butt-hinges above conforming dovetail constructed case.
Height: 15.5"; width: 42.25"; depth: 14.75".
714-3 - SOLD
White PAINTED DECORATED
Poplar - SOLD
Abstract decoration...wide sweeping undulating lines centering large dots done with dry brushstrokes of black against an oyster-white ground. The rectangular lid with applied molding above a conforming case of dovetail construction raised on an applied bracket base also of dovetail construction. The interior is complete with till having a molded edge; original hinges and paint. (Height: 21"; width: 38"; depth: 17.75".)
475-35 - SOLD
Lift-Top Blanket Chest
Old Red paint
18th century - SOLD
The top with applied cleats above deep well above single long drawer with overhanging molded edges raised on cutout side feet and having applied base molding. Measures 31" in height, 38" in width and 16.5" in depth.
208-32 - SOLD