This is a wonderful early bent wood box or pantry box from Sweden. To the Swedes this type of box is known as a svepask. It is decorated in the kurbits style of paint which is the equivalent of Norwegian rosemaling. Boxes with similar designs are dated between about 1815 and 1840. It is in nice condition that is consistent with its age and use. The box measures 7 inches by 4 inches by 4 ½ inches and is made from birch that has been steam bent to form the sides. The original wooden pegs are mostly present along with a small number of replacement pegs. The original birch root lacing is still present although some of it has split and broken. One of the sides has kurbits painted floral elements while the remainder of the sides and the rim of the top have painted circles formed with dots. The top of the lid has kurbits floral elements that are visible under a layer of dark varnish that is original to the box. Somebody might wish to remove the varnish but we have chosen to leave it in place as part of the history of the piece. This is a wonderful item that still shows the wonderful tool marks of the craftsman who made it. It is a great piece of early Swedish history and would appeal to any collector of allomoge or Swedish folk art.
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