Remarkable
Carved and Painted
Valuables Box 

Probably Dutch-origin, ca. mid 18th century.
In ancient beautiful patinated blue paint over traces of red. The carving is a tour-de-force by a master, the over-hanging top centered by a hex-symbol, the outer walls deeply carved to complement and balance the design of the lid.

Although small, this very special box is stoutly made from oak with dovetailed joinery and over-sized iron hinges and lock to protect valuable contents. Retains its working key (the box still locks and unlocks).

Imagine what it could have secured?

The lid opens to a folk-art painted interior
of cherries and leaves, and trees subtly rimming the inner walls. The cherries symbolize everything from the soul, paradise, purity, sweet nature, to good fortune and happiness, and the trees symbolize life.

About 10 7/8 inches wide x 10 deep x 4 ¼ tall. Probably gifted at a wedding or other important event. Private Connecticut collection purchased years ago from noted dealer Gordon Wolcott Deming of Duxbury, Massachusetts. 

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