Lidded Spice Jar
Top-Shelf
Painted Surface 
  
 

Northeast or Midwest, ca. mid 19th century.

Appears to be poplar. Complex, dry, crackled warm-red/bittersweet historic painted surface with much patina from frequent period use. The lid, with integral acorn-turned finial, fits tightly when its shrinkage and that of the bowl are aligned. The design balanced by a broad foot.

Close inspection shows hairlines in the bowl sidewall and an old crack under the lid on the bowl (the lid itself perfect). On a piece with such an exemplary surface we can forgive these minor imperfections; a standout piece of painted woodenware/treen.

About 4 ½ inches tall; base diameter about 3 1/8. From a private Northeast collection.

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