Hand Painted Italian Tole Wood Box - Florals on a Hunter Green & Gilt Background
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AGE: C.1950 or so
ITEM: From Italy comes this hand painted wood box. Possibly Venetian, the wood of the container is covered in gesso and then handpainted with florals and flourishes. The main colors are hunter green and gold and the florals are pink/red and light/dark green. The inside and base of the box are brown.
CONDITION: Very nice for its age; a it chippy here and there but no major portions of the gesso missing. These type of boxes were collected avidly when the Shabby Chic period was at its height. While this isn't the most ornate of designs, it is still a much better piece than the stencilled pieces of the 1960s.
HALLMARKS: None - this box is possibly a Florentia piece but since there is no paper label at the bottom, I am unsure as to my determination.
SIZE: Stands 1-11/16" and is 4-1/16" x 3".
FINAL COMMENTS: A wonderful collectible that looks great among vintage painted tole items!
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