Papier Mache Etui Hand Painted Scenes Rare Early 1800's Awesome!
Rare papier mache etui from the early 1800's with hand painted charming village scenes! One one side the scene is of a country couple outside their house by their garden. The lady is seated holding her baby while the man is standing holding a tool and pointing. On the other side, the scene depicts what I believe to be a continuation of the first scene showing the other side of the house near a lake with a seated boy fishing. The intricate details are wonderful and the colors are still vivid! Notice the slight curve at the top of the lid and the slight tapering of the box from the top to the bottom! The craftsman took great care in the making and painting of this fine box which would have been held in a pocket daily.
The top is hinged and opens when you lift one side of the lid. Inside, lined with red felt, there appears to be a raised metal match strike on one side with a place for a tiny pencil. The lid stays closed. The condition is pretty good considering its age and usage. There are surface scratches and wear and maybe some shrinkage where the lid and body meet. Overall, very nice condition. This fine antique is rare and could be as early as the mid to late 1700's. It should be in a museum.
Size: 3-3/4" X 1-7/8" X 1/4"