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Pennsylvania painted pine dower chest, circa 1800, decorated by David Y. Ellinger (American 1913-2003), signed on lid.

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I love the beams in this room and the pattens of the couch and rug. Everyone thinks a living room nowadays has to be grand, have super-high ceilings and tall, cold windows. No thank you. I like something with more character and warmth, more snugness. I want to sit in a room like this one with good friends and a bottle of wine and tell good stories. You can't do that in a "grand" room.

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