Viksdal rosemaling is one of the more highly sought after types of Norwegian folk art paint. We are offering a wonderful document box, or storage box, from the late 1800's that is beautifully decorated in the Viksdal style. The box measures 19 ½ inches long by about 12 inches wide and 9 ¼ inches tall. The piece is made from fir or pine. The sides, top and bottom of the box are made from individual hand-planed planks that are all about ½ inch thick. The top is made from a single board that split in half many years ago. It was repaired by reattaching the two halves using carved wooden pegs, two of which are slightly visible in the split. The lid is now strong and solid. There is a hand wrought iron bail handle attached to the lid. The bottom is also constructed from a single board that has not split, is totally intact, and is attached to the sides with wonderful carved wooden pegs. The joinery at the corners of the sides is done with single large dovetails that have all been reinforced with carved wooden pegs. Remarkably, all of the wooden pegs appear to be original. The lid is attached with two original hand-made iron hinges. The original lock is gone, which was most likely a hook and eye as was commonly used on boxes of this type. This has been replaced with a more modern hasp lock which, although not original to the box, is still early. The paint is what really sets this box off from the norm. It has the usual salmon colored ground with the Viksdal swirls done in black, green, and yellow.
Overall the condition of the box is wonderful and has the dings, grooves, scratches and marks that are consistent with age and use. The sides and top are all covered with a protective layer of varnish. This has darkened over the years so that the surface has a rich patina. The lid is covered with a layer of grunge that has settled into the varnish. That is a result of sitting for years in a house that was probably heated primarily with wood or coal. The Viksdal paint on the sides is dark under the varnish, but is still quite visible and striking. The paint on the lid is slightly muted due to the grunge. There are minor signs of insect infestations which are now abandoned. The corners are still solid although the joints have pulled away ever so slightly due to the wood drying out. Gouge marks are evident in the wood where the tool plane bit into the wood. This is the finest Norwegian Viksdal box that we have ever had. The condition, the paint and the patina all add up to make this an exceptional piece. It is a museum quality item, for sure. If you have a Norwegian in your family then this piece will bring back memories of fjords and lutefisk. Get it before it is too late. Tusen takk.
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 in a timely fashion. At that time we will refund the full purchase price minus any shipping charges. We will not be able to ship this item to our international customers.