A Rare Pennsylvania Decorated Pine Chest of Drawers

Jonathan Otto, Mahantongo Valley, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania

Dated "1824"

Ht. 48 ½’, W. 41”, D. 20 ½”

With two small drawers over three graduated long drawers, retaining the original grain-painted finish with cartouche decorated drawer fronts. The upper long drawer inscribed “Johnathan Otto 1824”; the middle long drawer inscribed “Mahantango Township” and the bottom drawer inscribed “Schuykil Caunty den 17 tag Abril 1824”

Provenance: Auction, Miller’s Barn, Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, 1920’s; Adele Earnest; Steven Score Antiques; Fred Koch; Collection of Maxwell DeHart

Literature: Reed, Decorated Furniture of the Mahantongo Valley (1987), pl. 8.; Earnest, Folk Art in America (1984), p. 21.