Paint Decorated
 Valuables Box

Northeast, Probably New England, ca. 1810-1840.
Original paint decoration of oyster white and black lining on a rich green ground, with confident and skillfully rendered tendril brushstrokes on the top. Pine, poplar, or basswood dovetailed case. In a very high state of originality, remarkably retaining its first undisturbed leather hinges, and scalloped leather border held by brass tacks. Also original brass lock plate and bale handle. Soft, dry surface. Subtly domed with no cracks. Small size that would bring stand-out historic craftsmanship to your mantel, candlestand, chest, or shelf. Just 11 ½ inches long x 5 ½ tall x 5 7/8 deep.
Provenance: Olde Hope, Private NH collection; .