Posted 3 years ago
So, this piece was purchased a few weeks ago from a guy who bought it many years ago at Brimfield. I actually bought two very strange pieces of what he called "folk art" from him. This pieces is really something to look at, the pics do not do it justice, but it is all i have for now.
Let's start with the carvings. The carvings, to me say American. These "pin wheels" and "swirls" are identical to those you see on Pilgrim Century Furniture. I live by Wallace Nutting's and George Neuman's books, and The carvings are what you see on early early furniture......based on my knowledge. Now...the pyramids on the top have me baffled. I have never seen something like this...it actually reminds me of tramp art. Nonetheless, this was carved from one piece of wood, which I believe is straight grained walnut (fhr, scottvez can you verify this?)
Moving on to function, It is a small box....quite small about three inches by nine inches, maybe 4 inches tall. It could be a trinket box? But wait...the inside has two compartments, not just one. Picture three shows the inside of the piece. Strangely, if you flip the top over, it settles into the squares just perfectly. This has me thinking that it could be some type of functional item. A spice box, butter or sugar mold? Could it be something highly specific, or just a box....I do not know.
Overall, I have never seen something like is exactly in terms of size and style. I think the patina looks good, and the signs of wear are appropriate, and condition is very good. Somewhere deep down I am thinking Asian. It hurts to think that, but there is something preventing me from saying 100 percent it is American. So there is my ramble, sorry for boring you, if you would like to comment please do as I love to hear from people. Enjoy!!!