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Sensational Profusely Paint Decorated Box
New England, ca. early 19th century. Pine. Dovetailed case. Original paint decoration with a brick-red ground contrasted with black sponging. Decorated with swags on the front and sides, outlined in mustard paint. The top further decorated with a central elongated leafy medallian in green with black veining (echoed about the sides of the lid in black), and bordered by double-mustard lining. Retains original hinges, hasp, and lockset, the lockset and hasp joined with hand-wrought nails. Also retains interior dust barrier. Superb tight, strong structural condition. Paint is dry and crackled with strong coverage save minor rubs on the lower right front. About 12 inches wide x 5 tall x 6 deep. A valuables box decorated by one with a keen eye for color and design. .
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