Found this great Painted Pantry Box at an estate sale. I believe it to be Dutch as the family had other Scandinavian items to suggest that the box may have been acquired there. A 3 inch band with painted seaport village encircles the bottom. It is quite colorful with brightly painted houses in turquoise, pink, browns, yellow, purple and blues. Roof tops are laden with snow and there is snow on the ground. The water is a deep blue green, more green than blue. The top lid is wonderful with an aerial view of seaport town showing roof tops, sailing ships, wharf and seagulls. Dabs of blue cover the water suggesting ripples and waves and there is a lighthouse at end of each peninsula. The shoreline has been edged in gold paint and there is a wide gold band above the scene with a tangerine/pinky orange color band at top rim opening. Inside has been brush painted a rather unusual what I will refer to as Chinese orange and an added round disc was covered in same color velvet and placed in bottom and one in top of lid. This color also accents the bottom rim edge. Box measures 9 ¾ inches in diameter and is 5 ¼ inches high. The design was well thought out. Colors work and it is quite eye catching. It is in age-related condition, it is clean and without odors. There is a nice sheen to the outer surface. This type of box was sometimes referred to as a Bride Box, given to one’s fiancé upon impending marriage (many were also oval shaped). Boxes were brought over to America from their homelands during the 18th-19th centuries. They were used to store hats, special pieces of porcelain, important papers and to store other special treasures in, maybe even the diamond! I like it. Sales tax must be collected for buyers living in or picking up in New York State. Local tax rate applies.
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