Anyone who loves pansies will also love this antique Victorian (circa 1870) papier mache box, made in the form of a book. It comes in two parts, the top lifts off or slips in snuggly onto the book/box.
It is in a black lacquer background with the multi-coloured pansies painted on the front, back and the spine of the box. While the top (the pages), on the bottom and on the middle width, are a dulled gold, like the gold leaf of a book’s pages. The condition is very good, except that there is a chip in the lacquer on the inside of the box, particularly evident against the red lacquer interior.
The Victorians loved to have pretty, romantic accessories to hold all sorts of things. This box, I imagine would have held letters or cards, most likely intended for a lady.
The pansies are beautifully hand painted on the black lacquer, papier mache box.
Pansies were a symbol of love, or admiration of one person for another. It was also an emblem of remembrance. The Free Thinkers Society also adopted the pansy as a symbol of free thinking, free of societal constraints, expectations and emotions.
As the pansy was such a romantic flower for the Victorians, it was more than probable that the box was meant for romantic letters.
It stands at 7 ½ inches high, 5 ½ inches wide and 2 ½ inches deep.
Victorian Papier Mache Letter Box with Hand Painted Pansies
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