Signed Folk Art miniature chest, possibly Soap Hollow, Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Poplar primary, square nail and joint construction with a shaped gallery, allover red paint with additional yellow and green paint highlights throughout. Tree decoration to the shaped gallery and each side along with painted initials to the top reading L.R.F., within a decorative painted border and painted scrolling vine decoration above. Carved wood handles to each of the three drawers. Underside of top drawer with pencil inscription reading Made by A. K. S. Ward/ 73 years. 13 1/2" H x 11 3/8" W x 7 3/8" D. 2nd half 19th century. Provenance: Private Middle Tennessee collection. CONDITION: Some scratching to top, minor wear to paint decoration. 1/4" loss to lower left corner, top drawer. Top right facing backsplash return fluoresces under blacklight inspection, indicating paint retouch.
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