We have managed to obtain a terrific souvenir of France. This is a hand made wooden jewelry box with a hinged lid. It is completely constructed from olive wood and beautifully paint decorated with floral designs. The item was crafted in Provence, France during the 1900's as a cottage industry and sold as a souvenir of visits to France. On the lid is the name "Marseille" as tribute to its souvenir status. It is about 4 ½ inches long, 3 3/4 inches deep, and about 2 ½ inches tall. Inside, both the box and the lid are lined with padded rose colored satin. On the outside lid there is a beautiful spray of painted wild flowers. This is a very pleasing little piece of folk art. Look at the photos carefully and you will notice the beautifully delicate nature of the piece and the fine artistry of the painted flowers. The whole piece has been top-coated with a layer of varnish that has protected the painting over the years and adds a marvelous tactile quality to the wood. The condition is generally good, but there is some minor loss of paint on some of the flowers on the lid. There is some minor discoloration due to build-up of varnish on the edge of the lid, but that is original to the piece. A clasp on the front is used to close the lid. This looks to be original to the piece and still works fine. This is a beauty little item and would look terrific on display on your bookshelf, dresser, or sitting on a desk holding small incidents such as paper clips. If you ever wondered what happens to old olive trees when they die, well here is your answer. They continue to live on in beautifully crafted items such as this. The golden brown hue of the wood and the swirling grain pattern make olive a highly desirable wood for pieces like this.
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