Late 18th Century or early 19th Century Folk Art Document or Sewing Box. Intricate geometric mosaic pattern made of straw. Primitive peoples of former times often used materials that were easily come by to make their wares. They fabricated and then decorated with very common natural materials. This box is wood with a hand forged lock and hasp. The decoration is carefully done, piece by piece, of different colored and sizes of grasses or straw. It is difficult to determine what country this box comes from as many cultures did this type of work. It could possibly be Polish or Serbian. The Mexican culture also did straw work and some parts of Russia are know for their work in straw.
This box has brilliant colors in a floral design on the inside and the bottom is covered in very old floral patterned paper that has been lacquered. The lid has come unattached from the box as it was held on with a paper hinge. The feet are missing on the bottom. There is wear and missing straw all over the box, it has suffered from age and lack of care. If I had the ability I would have tried to restore this lovely box...but I do not have the talent.
4" tall and doming another 1/2" it appears 5 1/2" deep 8 1/2 wide