Lyon, Irving Whitall, 1840-1896. / The colonial furniture of New England
Chapter I. Chests., pp. -29
COLONIAL FURNITURE OF NEW ENGLAND CHAPTER I. CHESTS. IN use from classical times, we find the chest during the Middle Ages the principal piece of household fur- niture, serving not only as a receptacle for clothing, money, plate, and Other valuables, but also at times for a seat, or a table, and occasionally as a place upon which to make up a bed. It was also used in churches to inclose the sacred vessels, vestments, records, etc. Down to about the twelfth century the woodwork of chests in England and France appears to have been either plain or covered with leather or painted cloths. After this time they began to be carved more or less richly, and in the thirteenth century to be paneled. Specimens of the carved and paneled chests which were in use in Europe from the latter part of the thir. teenth down to the seventeenth century have been illustrated in many standard works, and may be seen in numerous public and private collections in Europe.
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