"EXCEPTIONAL FOLK ART PAINTED WALNUT AMISH BLANKET BOX" (ca. 1850) by VALENTINE YODER (1831 - 1912)
Maximum dimensions: 23 inches (height), 32 inches (width), 20 inches (depth).
Walnut (primary wood), pine (secondary wood). This is the only known box by Yoder, in this group of boxes by Yoder, that is made from hard wood (walnut).
The beauty of this particular piece is in the excellent condition, and the vividness of the paint decoration. "Shanesville, now a part of the town of Sugar Creek, is the birth-place of Valentine Yoder. One chest bearing his name is dated March 27, 1851. At least 14 chests attributed to him are in private antique collections and another half-dozen are reportedly privately owned by those outside the collecting community.... Although at least one chest has green as its' dominant color, most are red; one example has a red case and green base.... Charles Muller, Ohio Antique Review, June 1993.