Paint Decorated Lady’s Box,

Paint Decorated Lady’s Box,

United States, mid-19th century

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dimensions: 8½” x 6¼” x 3” • price: $375

In the tradition of paint decorated schoolgirl academy boxes, sewing stands and other small objects, this is finely painted sewing or work box, its interior lined with silk and the inside of the top ready to function as a pincushion. The slightly arched top presents a flower arrangement in a footed urn set into a circular format with a painted border of delicate zigzags. Small flowers decorate the four sides, as well.

It is in excellent condition and the shellac finish has developed a wonderful craquelure over time. It still has its original key.

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