Radiant Paint Decorated Box
-Special Color and Form
Northeast, dated March 2, 1834. Rare and so pleasing squared-form in pine, neatly dovetailed, in a yellow paint accented with green scallops, trim, and arched carry-handle. Brass-hinged lids opens to 4 evenly spaced interior divided sections. On the exterior of the lid is written, well worn, in script ink: "O The path of the just is the shining light that shineth more and more until the perfect day. March 2, 1834 Prov. 4:18". 10 inches x 10.5 inches x 4 ½ (not including the handle). Although it has been attributed as Shaker-made in the past, I have not been able to confirm that. Regardless, it does have a very appealing simplicity and cleaness of design that we often associate with Shaker. The paint decoration dramatically elevates the form. Super structural condition and minor paint wear as expected for a box of this age. Provenance: private New England collection.