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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.
DATES early 19th century
DIMENSIONS 81 x 62 1/2 x 30 1/2 in. (205.7 x 158.8 x 77.5 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mr. W. C. Bunn
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Kas (Dutch style cupboard), fruitwood, with heavy over-hanging cornice, paneled doors, stiles and drawers, ball feet, inside fitted with shelves. Condition: Good
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION 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)
IMAGE overall, 21.438_PS4.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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