Good Paint Decorated Tinware Document Box
Northeast, likely Bloomfield, Connecticut, ca. 1810-1846, from the tinsmith shop of Oliver Filley (1784-1846). The top centered by the seldom found decoration of a pinwheel, echoed in the front pomegranate (the pinwheel, often found on New England painted furniture, is believed to communicate energy and life). This desirable and small example (just 8 5/8 inches long), is beautifully decorated with mustard, red, pink, and green pomegranates, swelling lobes, banding, and ribbon strokes (on the end panels), and with an attractive brass bale handle held by beaded rosettes. Excellent condition with minor chipping to the asphaltum (Japanned) black ground. (Please note: Painted American tinware is often mislabeled “tole”. That is not correct. The term tole is properly used for painted European tin, especially French). This is a standout American piece. See American Painted Tinware, Volume III, Martin and Tucker, especially pages 13 and 28.