Lot 258
Valley of Virginia Paint Decorated Blanket Chest
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Wythe County, circa 1825-30, six-board dovetailed poplar case, lid with wrought iron strap hinges and applied molded edge, interior with crab lock inscribed "JD", till to the left side featuring slide panel revealing two drawers, field with black on brown paint decoration, lid featuring two panels with central star, the front with two panels featuring urns and tulips, the left tulip dated 1829 and signed, dovetailed shaped bracket foot base with spurs, back rear board marked "1829 / 1829" in black ink. Decoration attributed to John Huddle (1772-1839).

26.75 x 50.25 x 22 in.

From the Collection of Mary Wells, Greensboro, North Carolina

Reference: J. Roderick Moore - "Painted Chests from Wythe County, Virginia", The Magazine Antiques, September 1982.
For a similar example, see MESDA Collection, accession number 4009.

Light expected wear to top with minor marring; tight shrinkage crack to top right side; both hinges missing screws at tip, black paint at feet with likely enhancement.

$4,000 - 8,000