Small Paint Decorated New England Chest

Small Paint Decorated New England Chest

Yellow sponge decoration over red paint base, this New England chest is pine. Having large dovetails, strong color and excellent surface condition, it dates c 1820. Small coveted size (22” X 12” x 9”) and fancy paint.  Condition is very fine with only a small rectangular space on the back left with only base red paint.  We surmise this may have had a maker's label affixed to it.  Mentioned here for the sake of accuracy, with the overall condition being outstanding.

Item update:  My husband and I had assumed that the red rectangle on the back of this box was essentially a space left blank due to placement of a label.  Then it occurred to Kurt that that would be the opposite of this decoration (which is red OVER yellow).  So we decided to try to clean it off and TO OUR DELIGHT, the red paint rubbed off easily!  So the second image of the back of the box is the current view of the cleaned up back.

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