On View In:
Gallery 304
Artist:   Ivar Kvalen (Quallen)  
Title:   Chest  
Date:   1777  
Medium:   Painted wood, iron  
Dimensions:   33 x 69 1/4 x 28 3/8 in. (83.8 x 175.9 x 72.1 cm)  
Credit Line:   Gift of Joel and Irene Njus in memory of Siri Ivar's datter Grosberg  
Location:   Gallery 304  

This chest was made by Ivar Kvalen, from the Gudbrandsdalen region of Norway, to commemorate the marriage of his daughter Sirid to Ola Iverson Lo in 1777. It is decorated with fluid rococo scroll cartouches framing Sirid's initials, "SIDQ," for Sirid Ivar's Datter Quallen (Kvalen) and the date, 1777. As a dowry chest, it would have been filled with clothing, linens, and valuables. In 1858, Sirid's descendant, Eli, and her husband, Ola Torgerson brought the chest with them when they emigrated from Norway to Wisconsin.

Name:   Kvalen (Quallen), Ivar  
Role:   Maker  
Nationality:   Norwegian (Gudbrandsdal)  
Life Dates:   Norwegian (dates unknown)  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Inscription [S I D Z (?)/1 7 7 7], in red and white, inside each organic motif, on front  
Classification:   Furniture  
Physical Description:   Chest with five painted and studded iron bands; painted blue with organic designs between bands; large c-shaped handles; key has circular top element with teardrop shape with small hole extending from shaft; key in key cabinet MS  
Creation Place:   Europe, Norway, , , Gudbrandsdal  
Accession #:   99.93a,b  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts