We are offering a wonderful Norwegian tabletop kiste, or miniature dome-top blanket chest that has been nicely decorated on all four sides and top with rosemaling (rose painting) designs. The chest is 12 3/8 inches long, about 6 ¾ inches deep and 7 inches tall. The piece is painted in the traditional manner of Os rosemaling decorated items. It has a salmon-pink ground on all sides and top along with black painted edging and decorative elements. The dome top is decorated with a very strong design consisting of three panels. The design is repeated on the front and two sides. There is text on the back side done in early Norwegian script. It has been roughly translated as “Good luck with the box and your things that are fine.” Inside, the box is painted with a white ground. The underside of the lid has additional Os rosemaling and text that says “Helene. Paa Geburtsdagen den 19de Juli 1902”. This translate as “Helene. On the Day of Birth, July 19, 1902”. A lock is present but there is no key. A wire handle was on the lid, but that is now missing. The loops used to hold the handle in place are still present if the new owner of this box wishes to have a handle made.
The overall condition of the piece is quite good. It is structurally solid. There are several small cracks in the lid, but they are short and have not weakened the lid at all. The top is still tightly attached and the hinges are holding strong. The lid is sprung slightly so that it requires a little pressure to close. There is a small chip of wood missing from the left rear foot, but the other feet are complete and solid. The painted surfaces are in good condition with minor losses due to abrasions and chipping. 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 Os rosemaling is beautiful and a real plus for the piece. This box is as good as they get, showing its age yet maintaining the high quality that is desired by collectors. 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 to the Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum and you will see similar miniature chests in their collection. This is a museum quality box.
You can shop with confidence at Sweetpea Cottage. YOUR SATISFACTION IS GUARANTEED. If you wish to return your purchase for any reason at all we will gladly refund your purchase price minus shipping. Within three days of receiving your item, simply notify us by email that you wish to return it. When we receive it in original condition in a timely fashion, then we will refund the full purchase price. The buyer will be responsible for return shipping. NOTE: If actual shipping costs are less than what we charge you, then we will refund any amount over $1 if original payment is made with PayPal. We will not be able to ship this piece outside of the U.S.
Os Decorated Norwegian Kiste, 1902, With Birthday Inscription
$475 $695 SALE