Painted Chest, Peter Hunt,

Painted Chest, Peter Hunt,

Provincetown, Massachusetts, circa 1940 / 50 

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18” high, 20” wide, 15½” deep • sold

This delightful, small chest is a wonderful example of the mid-20th century workshop of noted Provincetown, Massachusetts painter and designer, Peter Hunt (1896-1967). He became widely known for the vintage furniture and objects painted by him and in his workshop under his supervision, using the strong images and style of American and European folk art. Peter Hunt’s style became a sensation with socialites and “high-society tastemakers” according to Wikipedia. He designed and painted murals for the Cape Cod Room at the Drake Hotel in Chicago, sold through upscale department stores, wrote Peter Hunt’s How To Do It Book in 1952 (for sale on Amazon now for $847) and even sold a painting to MOMA in 1941. The Provincetown History Project provides much more information.

Paint over wood and metal, original lock and hasp, leather handle. Excellent condition.

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Detail of side of  chest

 

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