Rare 17th Century Scandinavian folk art carved pine chest. The chest is composed of split and adzed pine planks which have been nailed together. None of the angles are quite at 90 degrees emphasising the hand-wrought nature of the piece. At some point in it's history the chest was painted black but this has entirely worn from the top though remnants exist on the sides. The wear on these surface has highlighted the marks left by the adze.
The top has a wonderful worn and undulating appearance with a notched front edge. The chip carved front depicts three circular rosettes of different designs within a floral carved background. The carving has a wonderful free flowing, naive appearance, and extends further to the left hand side, though possibly unfinished, than to the right side. Black paint is retained within the deeper parts of the carving which highlights the charming nature of the carving. The box can be locked by means of a wrought iron clasp decorated with punched dots and engraved curved lines, which is attached to the lid and closes over a metal loop on the front.The iron hinges between lid and base appear to be later. The lid opens to a vertical position where it sits on a stop attached to the back of the chest. There are no feet - the chest sits on its base. This is a rare and decorative piece as well as being very useful for storage. Size : 41" wide x 17" deep x 18 high (104 x 43 x 46 cm). Condition: Overall in very good antique condition. There has been a repair to the top right edge and modern nails (unfortunately) have been used to strengthen the joins at the edges of the lid. There is some woodworm in the base board and, though old, it has been treated as a precaution and for protection. Please contact me if you are thinking of purchasing two or more items. The chest can also be collected free of charge from the Tunbridge Wells area. The item "Rare 17th Century Scandinavian folk art carved pine chest blanket box coffer" is in sale since Monday, February 17, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Antique Furniture\Boxes/Chests\Pre-Victorian (Pre-1837)".
The seller is "123torr" and is located in Tunbridge Wells. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom.