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Chest over Drawers
Chest over Drawers, 1803
American, Pennsylvania German
Poplar, white pine, painted decoration; brass, iron
30 3/4 x 54 1/4 x 22 3/8 inches (78.1 x 137.8 x 56.8 cm)
Gift of Arthur Sussel, 1945
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Let's Look

  • What kinds of animals, people, and flowers can you find on this chest?
  • Describe the colors, lines, shapes, and patterns that you see.
  • Which shapes appear more than once? Where?
  • What kinds of materials were used to make this chest? How do you know?

Let's Look Again

  • How would you describe the mood of the painted scenes? What do you see that makes you say that?
  • What could someone store inside this chest? For what else could it be used?
  • What does this chest make you wonder?


Connect and Compare

Pennsylvania Germans are one of many groups of people who have immigrated to the United States. Choose a time period in American history and research other groups of immigrants who settled in the United States during that time. When did they arrive? What were some reasons that they left their home country? Where did they settle? What cultural traditions did they bring with them? How have these traditions been shared with Americans who have different cultural backgrounds?

Related Art Project

Unicorns are mythical creatures that combine features from several animals. They are often shown with the head and body of a horse, the hind legs of a deer, the tail of a lion, and a single horn. Research other mythical creatures such as griffins and dragons. What traits do each of them have? Create your own mythical animal by combining traits from your favorite animals. Remember to come up with a creative name for your imaginary animal.

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