Chest with drawers

Maker: Workshop of Peter Blin (ca. 1675–1725)

Date: 1675–1700

Geography: Made in Wethersfield, Connecticut, United States

Culture: American

Medium: White oak, yellow pine, white cedar

Dimensions: 39 7/8 x 48 x 21 1/4 in. (101.3 x 121.9 x 54 cm)

Classification: Furniture

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. J. Woodhull Overton, 1966

Accession Number: 66.190.1


Typical of the so-called “sunflower” chests that were produced in the Wethersfield area of Connecticut, this example displays a striking combination of shallow-relief floral carving and applied decoration. The center front panel features the owner’s initials surrounded by a wreath of tulips—a variant of the standard motif of three sunflowers. The carving on the panels resembles patterns for sixteenth-century embroideries.