MINIATURE Paint Decorated Lift Top Chest with Hidden Panels. 

Northeast America, ca. 1800 to 1825. From the AMERICAN FANCY PERIOD IN WHICH COLOR AND CREATIVITY AND IMAGINATION WERE SOUGHT TO DELIGHT THE HUMAN SPIRIT AND EXCITE THE SENSES. Pine and poplar, with untouched "sugary" varnish surface. Rich dark patina. Paint decorated with outer-case having black-over-red graining, flowers on the shaped and pierced apron and bracket feet, and red tulips on the front facade within a mustard reserve. The case conceals hidden compartments, one under a till above a decorated panel that slides up to reveal a tiny drawer. A hinged panel under the lid lifts to expose three compartments, the panel decorated on the outside with a folk art painting of a ship arriving at a wharf (note the woman and man in top hat at the window), the underside of the panel having another fanciful folk art painting of dogs pulling a chariot chased by a rider on stag. The remnant of a note includes the passage "May virtue and happiness." About 10 inches long x 7 3/4 tall x 5 1/4 deep. Provenance includes the personal collection of TOM AND CAROLYN PORTER (former owners of Garths Auction in Ohio