Beautiful vintage hand painted paper mache box made by the Ali Brothers, Hassan Abad, Srinagar 190003, Kashmir, India, 4th quarter 20th century. Measures 6.5 inches long, 4 inches wide and 2 inches high. Excellent condition, painted with pink, blue and yellow over a gold and black ground. Papier mache or paper mache is derived from French meaning 'chewed paper'. Paper Mache is a composite material consisting of paper pulp reinforced with some adhesive which hardens upon drying and then is painted upon. Paper Mache was introduced in Kashmir by the Persian Mystic Mir Syed Ali Hamdani, popularly known as Shah-i-Hamdan in Kashmir. It is believed that during his visit to Kashmir, the Shah was accompanied by a host of craftsmen who were favored by the local court of the Sultan of Kashmir, Zain-ul-Abidin. After time the art and craft that was ancestral to these artisans from Persia and Central Asia started to flourish in the vale of Kashmir.
Antique New England primitive wall box in original red wash, circa 1800. Never waxed or varnished, just the way we love Early American antique surfaces. Just in from a Haddam, CT, estate. Measures 13 inches wide by 6 inches deep by 9.75 inches high.
Stunning 19th century Moser enameled cobalt blue glass dome top jewel casket with bronze dore mounts. The casket measures 5 inches wide by 3 inches deep by 4.75 inches high. Including the mounts it is 6 inches wide by x 4 inches deep by 5.5 inches high. Excellent condition with deep rich cobalt color, some wear to the gilt enamel. Moser was established in 1857 in Karlsbad, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary.This item is on display in our gallery at Old Saybrook Antiques Center and can be seen in-person by visiting 756 Middlesex Tpke Old Saybrook, CT 06475. For hours of operation visit: http://www.OldSaybrookAntiquesCenter.com
19th century Continental glove box with classical floral marquetry inlay, circa 1880. Original estate condition. Measures 4.25 inches deep x 18 inches wide and x 2.75 inches high. An inscription on the base notes it was given as a gift in 1934.
19th century Continental dresser box with marquetry inlay, circa 1880. Original estate condition. Superb craftsmanship with finely detailed inlaid scene of peasants making merry in a horse drawn cart. Measures 11.5 inches long x 2.75 inches high x 4 inches deep.