About this artwork
Eighteenth- and nineteenth century New Mexican craftsmen made furniture that was largely based on Spanish forms and traditions, using local woods, simple tools, and minimal decoration. The Art Institute’s chest was likely crafted by a member of the lauded Valdés family, which worked for many generations in Taos County. Chests, both imported and locally made, were the most common furniture used in colonial New Mexico.
- Francisco A. Valdez
- Ponderosa pine, metal, and paint
- 82.6 × 95.6 × 52.4 cm (32 1/2 × 37 5/8 × 20 5/8 in.)
- Restricted gift of an anonymous donor in honor of Nelson E. Smyth; restricted gifts of Warren L. Batts, Jamee J. and Marshall Field, Mrs. Frank L. Sulzberger, and Wesley M. Dixon Jr.