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October 27, 2013 10:00 AMCalender

Paint-decorated Dome-top Box

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Auction: American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2680BLocation: BostonDate / Time: October 27, 2013 10:00AM


Paint-decorated Dome-top Box, attributed to the "Compasswork Decorator" of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 1800-40, the rectangular dovetail-constructed pine and poplar box with sheet iron and wire hinges and punch-decorated sheet iron hasp, the top and sides ornamented with compass-incised, red and white hand-painted flower blossoms and foliage, on a blue ground, ht. 9, wd. 13 1/4, dp. 9 1/2 in.

Provenance: Collection of Ruth and James O. Keene, the interior of the box lid bearing their "K" inventory number (K 532); Walters-Benisek, purchased in 1996.

Literature: The box is illustrated in the exhibition catalog American Folk Arts from the Collection of James and Ruth O. Keene, The Detroit Institute of Arts, March 1-26, 1960, No. 15, p. 24; and a similar example is illustrated in The Pennsylvania German Collection, by Beatrice B. Garvan, Philadelphia Museum of Art, p. 15.

Note: Similar works by this maker can be found in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and at the Winterthur Museum in Delaware.
Estimate $8,000-12,000

Minor shrinkage cracks on lid, minor paint losses on edges, no evidence of repaint, lower portion of hasp is not original.

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Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, James O. Keene, Ruth O. Keene, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Institute of Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Beatrice B. Garvan, Winterthur Museum, Delaware