James Hastrich
Maker of American Painted Furniture
in 1" and 2" scale

Tailor’s Counter, Canterbury, NH, c. 1825. 1" scale.
Classic Shaker form, painted chrome yellow, pine base, birch drop-leaf top, sits on wooden wheels, the dates and names of Elders fitted (“hung”) is written on the bottom of one of the side drawers. Available as pictured: 8¼" wide.

Mahantongo Valley Lift Top Chest,
with two simulated drawers, central Pennsylvania, c. 1840. Decorated dower chest with distilfinks perched on a blossomed tree, flanked by children kneeling in prayer, characteristic daisy border, star hex design on ends. Dovetail construction, with turned feet splayed out with tapered wedges. Available as pictured: 6¼" wide.

I have been making miniature American Painted Furniture, c. 1680-1860, since 1979. My pieces are made by hand and true to scale in every respect. I work on commission or by offering a piece I have selected to my customers, usually in a limited edition of 1 to 3.

All 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.; and drawers are constructed with hand-cut dovetails. Fancy decorating techniques, i.e., putty or vinegar graining, smoke graining, brush stroke graining, etc., are done in the old manner.

I have licensing agreements with the following museums giving me exclusive rights to reproduce specific pieces from their collections:

  • The Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Winterthur
  • The Shelburne Museum
  • Yale University Museum
  • Historic Deerfield
  • The American Folk Art Museum
  • The Maine State Museum
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • The Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (Historic New England)
Maine Fancy Grain Painted Lift Top Box, circa 1815-20. Related to the “Tuttle Tall Case Clock” (see Churchill, “Simple Forms and Vivid Colors,” page 70, plate 17). Made from pine with hand-cut dovetails, wire hinges, and square nails. Available as pictured: 2¼" wide.

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

James Hastrich
Maker of American Painted Furniture in 1" and 2" scale

PO Box 757 • Kennebunkport, Maine 04046
Gallery located in the Lower Village Center (Rte. 9 & Rte. 35)

207-967-2729 • cell: 207-590-1990
email: [email protected]