We have managed to obtain a terrific souvenir of France. This diminutive piece is a hand made wooden snuff box. It is completely constructed from olive wood and beautifully paint decorated with a floral design. The item was crafted in Provence, France during the 1900's as a cottage industry and sold as a souvenir of visits to France. It says S. Raphael on the bottom, indicating its souvenir status. It measures 1 1/8 inches long, 3/8 inches wide and about 5/8 inches thick. One end is hinged to open up for access to the inside. On the front of the box there is a beautiful spray of painted wild flowers. This is a very pleasing little piece of folk art. The whole piece has been top-coated with a layer of varnish that has protected the painting over the years and adds a marvelous tactile quality to the wood. The condition is generally good, but there is some minor loss of paint on some of the flowers and some spots where the varnish has lifted off. This is a beauty little item and would look terrific on display on your bookshelf, dresser, or sitting on a desk. If you ever wondered what happens to old olive trees when they die, here is your answer. Olive wood has a beautiful golden brown tone and swirling grain pattern. The olive trees have continued to live on in beautifully crafted items such as this.
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