Even after the Dutch city New Amsterdam became the British city New York in 1664, Dutch colonists tried to maintain their religious and linguistic identity. The kast (large storage cupboard) is a prime example of this adherence to Dutch cultural traditions. Even though the form had disappeared in the Netherlands in the eighteenth century, the kast continued to be made by descendants of Dutch colonists here. In another twist of history, when the kast died out in the United States in the later nineteenth century, it was revived in the Netherlands as an expression of nationalism.
early 19th century
81 x 62 1/2 x 30 1/2 in. (205.7 x 158.8 x 77.5 cm) (show scale)
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Gift of Mr. W. C. Bunn
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Kas, early 19th century. Wood, 81 x 62 1/2 x 30 1/2 in. (205.7 x 158.8 x 77.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. W. C. Bunn, 21.438. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 21.438_PS4.jpg)
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Kas (Dutch style cupboard), fruitwood, with heavy over-hanging cornice, paneled doors, stiles and drawers, ball feet, inside fitted with shelves.
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