An antique paper mache Folk Art box is painted black with White Chrysanthemum floral motif on top of the lid and along the side. Must be Autumn for the green leaves are turning reddish brown with highlights depicting morning dew.
As you know these lacquer containers were quite popular in the late 1800's, made in all sizes and shapes. Generally used for vanity items, lacquer products were created as jewelry boxes, boxes for fans and gloves.
Due to the size and shape of the jar, I was thinking this may have been used as a powder box. Someone from days gone by has used it as a tobacco humidor, for there is tobacco leaf residue. Which ever, this Arts and Crafts box would look pretty in a home or office decor.
Size: 2-1/2" tall x 3-1/4" round
Condition: Pristine. This Victorian box is in excellent condition with slight wear indicative of antique age and gentle wear.
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