American, Lincoln County area, Kentucky
Sugar Chest, 1805 ‑ 1825
Walnut, poplar, other woods
34 × 25 3/16 × 14 1/8 in. (86.4 x 64 × 35.9 cm.)
Gift of Edith and John Brewer 2004.23
What’s the Backstory?
Look closely at the inlaid tree on the front of this sugar chest and the inlay on the front of the legs. These features are similar to those found on pieces made in the Lincoln County area. Often, inlaid motifs and techniques can be associated with a specific county or region. These features are like thumbprints, representing the work of a particular maker or the tastes of a particular area.