Unusual, finely painted antique wooden box in original untouched condition. My best guess is circa 1800 - 1840 & possibly German, Austrian or Bohemian, but I was unable to find a similar one for comparison. The box has decoration just about everywhere, much of it in raised enamels including many of the several types of border decoration. The top and sides each with meticulously detailed hand painted floral panels and with a landscape panel to the top and front. The tiny leaves & petals on the florals are masterfully executed. The landscape panels are freer with more of a folk art feel. The front panel shows a cottage on a river bank with a man in a boat filled with flowers in the foreground. The top with a mill on a riverbank and with impossibly large flowers. To my mind, the paintings on the end panels of the floral bouquets are the finest of the lot. The box retains what appears to be the original hinges which have forged nails. There was a lock at one time , but that is no longer present although the latch of remains on the edge of the lid. The overall condition is very good: there's some wear and loss to the painting on the lid; some light wear and rubbing to the edges and corners and to the plain back side and bottom as would be expected. There's other minor scattered wear and some old nail holes on the front and front of the lid. I'd call these character marks as they don't detract from the beauty of the box. Measures 11 1/8" by 6 7/8" by 5" high (85 x 75 x 25cm). This would make a wonderful addition to any painted box or folk art collection.
Antique Continental Hand Painted Box