Chest with five painted and studded iron bands; painted blue with organic designs between bands; large c-shaped handles; key has circular top element with teardrop shape with small hole extending from shaft; key in key cabinet MS

Chest, 1777

This chest was made to commemorate the marriage of the artist’s daughter Sirid to Ola Iverson Lo. Ornate feather-like patterns frame each of Sirid’s initials, SIDQ—for Sirid Ivar’s Datter Quallen (Kvalen)—and the date, 1777. A dowry chest such as this would have been filled with clothing, linens, and valuables. In 1858, Sirid’s descendants brought the chest with them when they emigrated from Norway to Wisconsin.

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Kvalen, Norwegian Chest (#874)
Details
Title
Chest
Artist Life
Norwegian (dates unknown)
Role
Maker
Accession Number
99.93a,b
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Chest with five painted and studded iron bands; painted blue with organic designs between bands; large c-shaped handles; key has circular top element with teardrop shape with small hole extending from shaft; key in key cabinet MS