We are offering a wonderful piece of Norwegian folk art, a rosemaling decorated tine done in the Os style. It is a diminutive piece that will display nicely and it has a wonderful traditional Os hand painted floral design. If you collect Norwegian folk art, then you do not want to pass up this opportunity. Os painted items are some of the most desirable and eagerly sought pieces to come out of Norway. This box measures 7 ¼ inches long, 4 ½ inches wide, and has a total height of 5 ¼ inches which includes the vertical locking posts. The height of the box portion alone is 3 3/8 inches. The classic Os paint colors are all present. The ground is white and the floral designs are done in greens, yellow, reds, black and blues. The original birch root lacing is all present as is the steam bent twig handle. The box is in good condition overall. It has minimal shrinkage between the bottom and sides so that the bottom is tight. All of the original wood pegs used to attach the bottom to the sides are still present, so that the bottom is in no danger of falling out. A split in the wood appears on one side and follows the wood grain. The majority of the split is in the wood that bends around underneath the lap and extends around to one of the vertical posts. Overall the split is about 3 inches long. Although the split is noticeable, it has not weakened the structure of the box at all. Check the photographs carefully so you can judge for yourself the nature of the split. There is also a chip of wood missing off of the face of one of the vertical posts. This does not prevent the lid from properly locking onto the box, however. The rest of the box has the usual small dings, scratches, and minor imperfections that would be associated with a box of this age that has been used. The paint on the sides and top of the box is in good condition with a muted patina. As is commonly found, there is more dirt on the top than on the sides. Most Os painted boxes have a box painted on one side that encloses the date of the piece. This box is no exception with the date “1887” being present. On the other side there is some text written in early Norwegian script that appears to be “Den vafre tine.” We are unsure what it means but do know that “tine” is a reference to a box. Overall, this is a very nice box with interesting and aesthetically appealing decorative elements and impressive condition.
If you are a collector of Norwegian or Scandinavian folk art, then this box will be a nice and interesting addition to your collection. You can buy with confidence from Sweetpea Cottage. We stand behind everything that we sell. If you wish to return your purchase for any reason, simply notify us by email of your intentions within 3 days of receiving the item. We then ask that you return it to us in its original condition within 6 days. At that time we will refund the full purchase price minus any shipping charges.
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