Kas or Kast Wardrobe

A Type of Cupboard Originating in Holland

Dutch Kas or Kast Wardrobe
Kas or Kast Wardrobe made of rosewood and oak, Holland, c. 1701-1800. - Photo courtesy of prices4antiques.com

Kas or Kast is a massive wood Dutch cupboard or wardrobe, used for storing clothes and linen, often divided into several stackable parts, with two front doors. It was developed in 17th-century Holland and was popular throughout the Low Countries, Germany and in American colonies with settlers from those areas (New York and New Jersey for example). Originally containing shelves and drawers, it later developed hanging space for clothes, especially in American versions.

Kas could either be quite ornate, with the wood carved or painted, or simple country pieces. They flourished in Europe for about 100 years and continued to be made until the early 1800s in the U.S., gradually becoming smaller and plainer. Sometimes the original massive ball or onion feet were replaced by claw-and-ball or bracket feet, in keeping with 18th-century styles.