Remarkable Collection of Six Oval Bride's Boxes or "Brautschachteln"
Individually Painted in the Folk Art Tradition
Steam-Bent and Paint Decorated Pine
Northern Europe, c.1780-1830
Each Approx. 8" high x 17" wide x 10.75" deep
Boxes of this type were individually decorated to commission in Central Europe from c1600-1850 and were traditionally offered as dowry gifts or love tokens. Colourfully decorated and fashioned from very fine bentwood in regional styles, they form a significant part of the European Folk Art Tradition.
Provenance: Private Collection, Netherlands.