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Marriage Box from Normandy ,France
An attractive 'Coffre de Mariage', with painted paper decoration, from the Normandy peninsula in Northern France. Traditional boxes like these were often custom-made and hand- painted with Flowers -(for prosperity) and Lovebirds-( the couple) and other symbols , and were for the new wife to store her money and jewellery when moving to her husband's house, and where after the wedding feast she would also store her wedding head-dress (or trousseau). This is a nice example with its original metal lock. Circa 1820-1850, measuring 26 inches x 13 x 14 high.
In good condition with a certain amount of wear. the paper slightly peeling on one small section of the lid, replaced wooden sliver on the back (see last photo) and a small area (2 x 1 inches) of careful restoration at one end of the box.
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