The History Society’s Dutch “Kassekasten” or simply “Kas” (using the Dutch word for cupboard) dates to the mid-17th century and is known to have been imported to this country by the Elting family of Wiltwick (Kingston). It passed through several ownerships until it was donated to the Crawford House by a director of the Newburgh Historical Society. Such pieces were known in the Hudson Valley in the 19th century, but there is no record of the Crawford family owning one.
Now our Kas will be receiving some extra attention.
On Wednesday, September 13, the Kas was loaded for transportation to New Paltz, where it will be featured in an exhibition presented by Historic Huguenot Street. The Kas will be part of a special exhibit on Hudson Valley cupboards or kasten, which dovetails with installation of 17th-century furniture, paintings and decorative arts from the collection of George Way in the historic Jean Hasbrouck House on Huguenot Street. The exhibition will be on display October through December of 2017.
Measuring 7 feet by 7 feet on six large ball feet, the Kas is made of rosewood and ebony. Fortunately for the men from moving company Man with Van, the piece comes apart into three pieces. The picture above shows the middle section being carefully guided into the truck.