Scandinavian / Swedish Folk Art painted box Jämtland region 1812.

Scandinavian / Swedish Folk Art painted box Jämtland region 1812.

Code: 10206


W: 34cm (13.4")H: 19cm (7.5")D: 32cm (12.6")


For sale is a beautiful folk art decorated lidded box with robust iron strapwork from rural craftspeople in Jämtland, central Sweden on the Norwegian border.

- A typical Jämtland lidded box in its shape, construction and the red color, highlights to the edges with a dark colour with attractive wear from use to the bevelled edges.
- The box widens from the base to the lid and has some carefully thought out construction using dovetail joints to secure the sections. It rests on an widened base giving the box a lovely balance in its design.
- Dated 1812, from the Jämtland region of central Sweden, with the initials BJS painted on the top of the lid within a green floral wreath. The folk furniture culture of Jämtland is known as one of the foremost regions for Swedish folk craftsmanship. The farmers in the 18th and 19th Century in Northern Sweden were wealthy from selling wood and flax. They expressed their wealth in large farmhouses with beautifully decorated interiors, painted furniture and skillfully decorated bridal gifts.
- The front and sides of the box are also decorated with floral motifs as shown in the photographs.
- The attractive folk painted box has a hinged lid with lovely original hand forged fittings including ironwork strap hinges and lock mechanism. The lock does not have a working key although an appropriately sized key is with the box.
- As part of the life story of this charming box, the inside lid has been repainted at some stage in its 200+ year lifespan with green floral scrolling patterns to the lid and internal candle box. The main internal compartment has also been repainted at some stage in one of the blue-green colours used by a great deal of Scandinavian folk painted furniture.
- The box is of pine construction with red/dark and floral decorative paint in warm earthy colours typical of these folk art boxes with floral motifs and naturalistic patterns faded by age. Rosmålning is a style of Scandinavian decorative painting on wood that uses stylised flower ornamentation, predominantly primary and secondary colours, scrollwork, lining and geometric elements, often in flowing patterns.
- These boxes were often bridal or dowry boxes like one noted in our sold archives at from 1827.

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