Late 18th - 19th century German bentwood box with painted polychrome decoration. These were often bride’s boxes but given the symbolism illustrated on the lid, this box might have been intended for the storage of other items. Illustrated on the lid is Mercury – a figure associated with alchemy / commerce – who stands next to wooden barrels. Additional symbols appear on top of the barrels that includes the Star of David on one, and the letters P.R along with 11:8 on the other. The motto translates into “luck, patience and time makes the impossible, possible”. Marked on the base with an E (the box maker?) seared into the wood along with an illegible set of initials, and the numerals 1668 possibly a date (????)
Condition: Beautiful, well-preserved condition with original paint-decoration exhibiting normal age -related wear. Structurally sound though some of the lacing is missing and there is minor, structural wear to the lid and rims.
Size: 18” x 12”. Height is 6 ¾”.