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Details

Title

Pie Safe

Artist/Maker

Unidentified Maker, East Tennessee

Date

ca. 1830–1860

Medium

Walnut, tulip poplar, tin, and paint

Dimensions

47 1/2 × 48 1/2 × 17 1/2 inches

Credit

Purchase with funds from the Fraser-Parker Foundation in memory of Nancy Fraser Parker who loved the decorative arts

Accession #

2016.6

On View

Currently not on view

This Tennessee pie safe, with its painted tins and hand-punched ventilation holes, is a premier example of this important form in the pre-ice-box American household. The multicolored painted and punched tins depict myriad symbols—including urns, stars, and candlesticks—not often found in such fine condition. The horizontal form is specific to the Eastern Tennessee/Southwestern Virginia area, where it also was often rendered artistically, as in this example. Pie safes made in Georgia and Alabama tend to be more vertical, primitive, and utilitarian.

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