Saturday, August 27, 2011

Spice Chest

This was an attempt to paint a very ornate Pennsylvania spice chest in 20 minutes. These pieces are on the small side (usually less than 30" tall), very intricately constructed, with many small drawers and sometimes hidden compartments. Popular with the well-to-do throughout the 18th century, they were a way for a cabinetmaker to display his skills while creating a special piece for the rich clientele. Those commissioning such spice chests were showing off that they could afford such pieces, as well as the expensive spices (or oftentimes jewelry) that were stored in it. Pen and watercolor, approx. 5" x 5".

1 comment:

  1. Very nice. I am impressed with both the texture you've achieved and the detail.