In Norway, various sections of the country created their own distinctive styles of painting and the origin of pieces can be identified from this. It is thought that these distinctions may have originated from the isolation of communities during the winter months. This box is decorated in a style considered typical of the county of Vest-Agder. It is a typical bentwood box and is of one lap construction. The original paint decoration includes thistles, mushrooms and other stylized flowers on a black background. Apparently the diamond-dot decoration on the edge of the lid is typical of the work of this area. The condition of the box is totally consistent with age with rubbing of the paintwork between the base and the lid. The actual lid is a tight fit and needs gentle removal and replacement. The central panel of the lid may have slipped a little inside and has been secured internally with some rough taping, but this would have to be removed with great care. There is a minuscule area of separation of the base of the box. Despite these slight flaws, this is a rare and special example of a distinctive Norwegian style and it is becoming extremely difficult for collectors outside the country to acquire such pieces as there are now local restrictions on their export. This example would be a lovely and unusual addition to a collection of Scandinavian or general European folk art. 5.25 ins (13cm), width 10 ins (25.5cm), height 4 ins (10.24cm). Weight 190 grams. This item can be seen in the book, "Antique Boxes - Inside and Out", on page 68.
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