The detail of the painting of this box is extraordinary. It includes stylized flowers and leaves, a six-sided decorative motif on the centre of the lid and two stylized panels on the front and the back. The underlying colour is black but the painting is of many hues including small areas of gilding. The box is of thin pine which was more than likely steamed to achieve the rectangular with oval corners shape, and held together with glue, which suggests that it originated at the turn of the 20th century. The interior is plain apart from four small struts on the lid. The box is in very good condition for age although there are scattered areas of paint loss around the edge of the top and a slightly larger loss that is shown in one image. The lid has a very fine crack. Some of the gilding is rubbed. Despite this, this really is a most vibrant and attractive box which provides a most significant decorative accent to any décor. Its original use may have been as a display or a document or a bride’s box. 9.25 ins (23.5cm) x 7 ins (17.7cm) x 6 ins (15.2cm). Weight 278 grams. This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 64.
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