We are offering a wonderful miniature Norwegian kiste, or dome top blanket chest with a till, that has been nicely decorated on all four sides and top with rosemaling (rose painting) designs. The chest is 8 3/4 inches long, about 4 7/8 inches deep and 5 1/2 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. In addition, there is text on the back side. We have not been successful in translating it, but believe that part of it says “The box is ??? It makes a girl stay “. 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. It is free from the small cracks at the corners that usually occur on boxes like this when the corners pull away from each other. The top is still tightly attached and the hinges are holding strong. The till lid is present but has pulled away from the brads that were used as hinges for the till. It might be possible to repair the till lid and reinstall the hinge brads, but we have chosen to leave it the way it is. The painted surfaces are in exceptionally good condition. The colors on the sides are still bright. The top is slightly more muted as a result of dust and smoke settling on the surface over the years. The rosemaling is beautiful and a real plus for the piece. There is one place on the front where about one inch of the surface paint has been scratched off revealing the base layer of salmon-pin paint. 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 chests in their collection. This is a museum quality box.
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