Four-door cupboard, red oak & yellow pine. Front has molded cornice at top, center, and bottom. Four cabinet doors are placed two-by-two in the front, with two drawers positioned side-by-side in the lower portion of the piece. Each pair of doors has a lock and a metal keyhole plate. The base has four plain feet. Joined construction, with wooden pegs, metal nails, and butterfly hinges. Probably made in New York City or vicinity.
(Keywords: Colonial, New York, United States, HRT)
|Acquisition||Gift of Mrs. Edna May Christopher Pierce|
|Ownership and History||
A kas (kast in Dutch) is a type of cupboard that was traditionally used for storage of valuable household items. Made between 1650 and 1700, this example is one of the oldest surviving pieces of furniture made in New York or New Jersey.
This kas descended in the family of Hans Christopher (or Christophel), one of the original petitioners who established a settlement on Staten Island in 1661.
Citation: Peter M. Kenny, Francis Gruber Safford, and Gilbert T. Vincent, American Kasten: The Dutch-Style Cupboards of New York and New Jersey, 1650-1800 (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1991).
Pierce, Edna May (Christopher)
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