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We are offering a wonderful miniature Norwegian kiste, or dome top chest with a till, that has been nicely decorated on all four sides and top with rosemaling (rose painting) designs. The chest is 10 inches long, about 5 inches deep and 5 3/4 inches tall. The piece is painted in the traditional manner of Os decorated items. It has a salmon-pink ground on all sides and top along with gold painted edging and decorative elements. The dome top is decorated with a very strong design consisting of three panels. The design is repeated on all the sides. The inside is painted with a white ground. The underside of the lid and the till lid are both decorated similar to the design on the outside. A lock is present but there is no key. There is also a wire handle on the top. We once had a piece very similar to this that was signed and dated as 1896. We assume that this one is from the same period.
The overall condition of the piece is quite good. It is structurally solid. This box is free from the small separations that usually occur on boxes like this when the corners pull away from each other. Two of the bracket feet have very minor separations where they have pulled slightly away from the box sides. These types of separations are commonly found in these boxes and is a result of continual drying and contracting of the wood over the years. There is a chip of wood separated from the bottom of one of the feet, but it has been skillfully reattached. The top is still tightly attached and the hinges are holding strong. The painted surface is in excellent condition. The colors have muted slightly with age most likely from dust and smoke settling on the surfaces. The rosemaling is beautiful and a real plus for the piece. This box is as good as they get. You will have to look hard and wait a long time before you find one that is more appealing. You will not be disappointed. We urge you to go to the internet for the Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum and you will see similar miniature kiste in their collection. This is a museum quality box.
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Os Style Rosemaling Decorated Miniature Norwegian Dome Top Kiste with Till, Ca 1890
$775 USD SOLD
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