Delicately Painted Figural Norwegian/Swedish Tine, Ca. 1890
This box is made from solid wood using the traditional methods of construction. It is made from straight-grained fir and pine, and has the traditional birch root lacing which is remarkably still all intact. All fasteners are wooden pegs – absolutely no metal brads used anywhere in construction. It has been beautifully decorated with a hand-painted domestic scene that wraps completely around the box showing individuals in traditional clothing along with some chickens and a dog. The top is painted with swirling vines of clover leaves and blossoms. Finally, it is covered with a thin layer of protective varnish. The condition is quite good. The base is firmly attached with no signs of weakening due to wood shrinkage, which is so common in this type of box. There are very tiny chips of wood missing at the corners of the top and pieces of wood have splintered off the two sides of the top. The lid still snaps down tight as it was originally intended to do. The painted images are in very good condition with only minor paint loss from wear and flaking. The inside is lined with some old silver-gray paper that was used to protect the interior. There is also the remnant of a shop label still attached to the bottom. Alas, the writing on the label can not be deciphered. Beyond that it is a beautiful box with outstanding patina.
If you collect Scandinavian folk art, Norwegian bentwood boxes, or primitive items, then this is a piece that you do not want to miss. The painted style and condition of this box is extremely rare. The time to buy one is when you see it. You do not know when you might see another one! You can buy with confidence from Sweetpea Cottage. We stand behind everything that we sell. If you wish to return your purchase for any reason, simply notify us by email of your intentions within 3 days of receiving the item. We then ask that you return it to us in its original condition in a timely fashion. Once we receive it then we will refund the full purchase price minus any shipping charges. Shipping for this box is free within the U.S. International transactions must be completed using PayPal.
Item ID: AntTB-766
Exclusive Ruby Lane
Member since Jul 2004
Price for shipping to USA
Payment Methods We Accept
- Personal Check
- Money Order
Other items from Sweetpea Cottage you may be interested in: