Chest

A work made of ponderosa pine, metal, and paint.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of ponderosa pine, metal, and paint.

Date:

1780/1830

Artist:

Attributed to the Valdés family
New Mexico

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.

On View

American Art, Gallery 227

Artist

Francisco A. Valdez

Title

Chest

Origin

Velarde

Date

1780–1830

Medium

Ponderosa pine, metal, and paint

Dimensions

82.6 × 95.6 × 52.4 cm (32 1/2 × 37 5/8 × 20 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

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.

Reference Number

1986.419

Extended information about this artwork

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