James Hastrich
Maker of
Important American Painted Furniture

in Miniature

Painted Hanging Cupboard with Spoon Shelf, attributed to John Drissel, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Dated 1800 on bottom of door, inscribed: Abraham Stauffer on top of door. The cupboard is constructed using traditional joinery techniques preferred by Pennsylvania German cabinetmakers. See plate 142, pg. 175 of American Radiance (American Folk Art Museum publication) for more detailed information on this cupboard. 15/8" wide x 31/8" tall.

I have been making American Painted Furniture, c. 1680-1860, in miniature since 1979. All of my pieces are constructed and finished using traditional methods and materials. Square nails are used when building case pieces; mortise and tenon joints, held together with wooden pegs, are used for tables, panel doors, etc.; drawers are constructed with hand-cut dovetails. Fancy decorating techniques, i.e., putty or vinegar graining, smoke graining, brush stroke graining, are done win the traditional manner.

I have been given permission to photograph and measure important pieces of American Painted furniture from the following institutions:

  • The Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Winterthur
  • The American Folk Art Museum
  • Historic Deerfield
  • The Maine State Museum
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • The Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (Historic New England)
  • The Shelburne Museum
Child’s Blanket Chest, possibly Rhode Island or New York, circa 1830. Dramatic compass designs in red (salmon), black, and white paint. The bold composition on the front is similar to a chest from Herkimer County, New York. See plate 78, pg. 114 of American Radiance (American Folk Art Museum publication) for more detailed information on this chest. 2½" wide x 2" tall.

You are invited to visit my gallery/studio in Kennebunk, Maine,
where you can view a display of work for sale as well as see work in progress. A call ahead is advised.

James Hastrich
Maker of Important American Painted Furniture in Miniature

For prices, availability, and more information:
PO Box 757 • Kennebunkport, Maine 04046
207-967-2729 • cell: 207-590-1990
Email: jameshastrich@gwi.net