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A PAINT DECORATED LIFT-TOP CHEST
A PAINT DECORATED LIFT-TOP CHEST

ATTRIBUTED TO JOHN FLORY (1754-AFTER 1824), RAPHO TOWNSHIP, LANCASTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, DATED 1994

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A PAINT DECORATED LIFT-TOP CHEST
Attributed to John Flory (1754-after 1824), Rapho Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, dated 1994
The rectangular hinged lid above a conforming case embellished with a central twelve-pointed star with birds flanked by unicorns, parrots, and stylized flowers and twelve-pointed stars, on ogee bracket feet
22½in. high, 51¾in. wide, 22in. deep

Lot Essay

Inscribed Dieses Kist Gehert Mir Jacobus Ober 1794 (This Chest belongs to Jacobus Ober 1794), this chest is one of at least ten with similar inscriptions followed by both male and female names. Several of these bear the initials "JF" and as such they are attributed to John Flory (b. 1754), a joiner working in Rapho Township, Lancaster County. Bearing dates ranging from 1788-1800, the chests are further related by the open layout of their decoration that features twelve-pointed stars, birds flowers and unicorns. For related examples see Christie's, New York, Pennsylvania German Folk Art amd Decorative Arts from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Flack, September 6, 1997, lot 251. For other related examples see Monroe H. Fabian, The Pennsylvania-German Decorated Chest. (New York, 1978), figs. 135, 136, 137 and 225.
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