Art Book Box
Antique Victorian mahogany trompe l’oeil box in the shape of a book, c. 1880s. Exquisitely carved relief of a palette and brushes on the cover with detailed work also on the spine, on which is written “Art” as the wooden book’s title in capital letters. The box is lined with midnight blue velvet and is compartmentalized, perhaps originally holding art supplies such as calligraphy pens or — who knows — possibly for the display of miniature works of art. A wonderful folk art carved book box with exceptional detail ready for a new artistic author to fill it up.
Very good antique condition with minor scratches and wear, a couple of small but stable cracks (see the back of the book), and discolorations to the interior velvet lining.
9.75 inches tall
7.5 inches wide
1.5 inches deep
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