Paint Decorated
Music or “Lyre” Box
 

Probably Northeast, ca. mid-19th century.

Vivid original rich deep red painted ground, decorated with painted lyre on the top and sidewalls, the lyre separated by a gold cartouche, and trimmed by black and gold bands.

Appears to be pine/basswood and ash; joinery but cut nails and wooden pegs. Complex patinated dry crackly surface. Sizeable box at about 9 ½ inch diameter x 4 5/8 tall.

Excellent condition, inconsequential small loss at one bottom edge. Given the decoration, at the least this box held objects or paper related to music, and/or perhaps held a lyre instrument. From a private New England collection.

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