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Sunflower Chest
[Sunflower Chest]

[Sunflower Chest]

This solid oak blanket chest is modeled after the classic American folk Hadley Chests of the Connecticut River Valley. This classic case features two full-length drawers below with the top lifting to reveal a large storage box for blankets and woolens.

The façade of the case divides into three frame-and-panel sections above the drawers, with split, ebonized turnings detailing the vertical framing of the upper chest. Smaller ebonized turnings highlight the vertical frames of the lower drawers, while split eggs, ebonized knobs and corner blocks define the drawers.

The character of the chest is derived from the highly stylized, ‘folk’ carving of sunflowers on the upper chest. Three front-facing flowers define the center panel, while single plants fill the flanking panels. While the carving is essentially on two planes it is fairly deep, allowing for shadows to delineate the outline and recesses of the design.