American (Pennsylvania), 18th century. A paint-decorated softwood dowry chest with three sunken arched panels depicting urns of flowers, trees and houses, the central panel signed Hannes / Tommes and dated 1774, the decoration mirrored on sides, with wrought iron escutcheon and bail handles, all rising on bracket feet; ht. 24.75, wd. 50.75, dp. 25.5 in.
This chest is illustrated in Frances Lichten's Folk Art of Rural Pennsylvania , pg. 96, and is referred to in Monroe Fabian's The Pennsylvania-German Decorated Chest , pg. 125, plate 79.
Provenance: Philip H. Bradley Antiques, Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Property from the Americana Collection of Robert and Barbara Hudson, Lakewood, Colorado
Bracket feet and rill restored, and painted to match chest.