Kas

Object Number: 
1955.164a-c
Date: 
1750-1800
Medium: 
Cherry
Dimensions: 
Overall: 77 x 66 x 21 1/2 in. ( 195.6 x 167.6 x 54.6 cm )
Description: 
Cherry baroque kas; rectangular case with overhanging molded cornice; two raised-panel doors with center stile attached to right-hand door, front and center stiles each ornamented with two applied panels; one long drawer beneath doors with attached upper and lower base moldings, drawer facade decorated to look like two drawers divided by a center stile; two platform feet with straight rear feet and depressed-ball shaped front feet.
Gallery Label: 
This kas was owned by Samuel (1741- 1810) and Mary Hitt (1772-1849) of Hyde Park, NY, and descended from them to the donor. A kas is a large, freestanding wooden cupboard or wardrobe, generally with two doors. Inside are two or three widely spaced shelves, with usually a drawer below for additional storage. Dutch in origin, they were made in America exclusively in the Dutch cultural areas of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut from the 17th to the 19th centuries.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Irene M. Braman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group