Posted 2 months ago
I attach some photographs of this piece which I would like to learn a little more about.
I live in Toronto, Canada.
I purchased this at auction in Kingston, Ontario in 1998. (Tim Potter Auction Service) I was told that it is a late 18th Century, Norwegian Blanket Box and in all of my research, I have yet to come across any other like this one.
I was told by one antique dealer that he believes this piece is not Norwegian, due to its shape and decoration. He believes the paint work was added later and feels that the construction is not typically European either. He believes it originates somewhere on the African continent , or the islands of the Indian Ocean and South China Sea and suggests that it might be earlier than the 18th century.
I would appreciate any direction or comments anyone has as I cannot find any great detail about this special piece.