18th Century Painted and Decorated Bible Box

  • 18th Century Painted and Decorated Bible Box
  • 18th Century Painted and Decorated Bible Box
  • 18th Century Painted and Decorated Bible Box
  • 18th Century Painted and Decorated Bible Box
  • 18th Century Painted and Decorated Bible Box
  • 18th Century Painted and Decorated Bible Box

18th Century Painted and Decorated Bible Box

$15,000.00 USD

This 21" wide by 14" deep and 8" tall paint decorated, six-board bible box is in pine, with right-hand till, snipe (staple) hinges and mortise lock (removed),  It has dovetailed sides and the bottom and lid battens are secured with rose-head nails.  This construction and decoration suggests late 18th Century, probably Pennsylvania..

The lid design is a central, three blossom tulip with elaborate, tombstone, border and compass flowers against a blue background.  Colors are red, yellow, blue, white and green.  The lid's thumbnail border is in red.

The front panel has a circular design of a distelfink in red, yellow and green with a blue and white border.  The distelfink is a stylized gold finch popular in Pennsylvania Dutch decorative arts representing happiness and good fortune.  An almost identical design is found on a slip ware pie dish in the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  (See Pennsylvania Dutch America Folk Art, Henry J. Kauffman, Dover Publications, New York, 1946/1964, P. 83.)

The surface is all original with no over-painting.  Condition is excellent with some abrasion and paint loss to the base molding.  A modern lid support was added to protect the hinges.

Due to size and value we will quote shipping costs with your interest.  We offer personal delivery to destinations within 100 miles of Philadelphia and in New England in conjunction with our frequent trips there.

 

 

 

 

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