Floral-decorated Yellow-painted Lift-top Hanging Candle Box, paint decoration probably by Barbara Ebersol, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, c. 1860, rectangular box with arched backboard, slanted, bevel-edged, pintle-hinged lid, and canted front, the front polychrome decorated with a basket of flowers flanked by the initials "L" and "B," the arch and sides ornamented with blossoms, ht. 7 3/4, wd. 12 1/2, dp. 5 3/8 in.
Provenance: Jim and Nancy Glazer, purchased in 1992.
Literature: See Decorative Arts of the Amish of Lancaster County, by Daniel and Kathryn McCauley (Good Books, 1988), p. 24, for a similarly shaped and decorated wall box. Of that box, McCauley writes, "This example was owned by Simon (1819-1886) and Barbara (King) Zook (1824-1917), who were neighbors to the Ebersol family. According to family tradition, the box was decorated by Barbara Ebersol when the original red finish began to show wear. It is painted in the colors Ebersol favored early in her career."
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