19th century Pennsylvania paint decorated Mahantango chest
19th century Pennsylvania paint decorated Mahantango chest with 4 drawers, recessed panel sides and turned legs, the whole stamped with yellow and red rosettes, the green painted drawers decorated with colorful birds flanking the tree of life and outlined with black cartouches; the recessed sides each decorated with compass points, 49x44x22
Replacement Value: $360,500
This chest of drawers is almost identical to a chest of drawers decorated by Reverend Isaac Stiehly / Mahantongo Valley, Pennsylvania, and cabinet maker John Mayer. Isaac Stiehly was the most renowned of all Pennsylvania Germans. Stiehly worked in the Mahantango Valley, a small, pocketed area where some of the state’s most valuable and sought after examples of 19th century folk art have surfaced.