Norwegian 'Folk Art' Baroque / Acanthus carved tine box c.1885
For sale is an exquisitely carved acanthus leaf Norwegian tine box in the baroque style from the mid to late 19th Century (c.1850-1895). The tine box is from the Gudbrandsdalen valley district of Norway, the home of acanthus carving*.
- A stunning tine box of the highest quality acanthus tendril carving. Relief acanthus carving on a tooled background covers the entire exterior. The tine box is highly decorative and has every part of the visible surfaces having been finely and skilfully carved.
- The body of the oval box looks to have been largely carved from the same piece of of wood. The ornately carved patina rich lid fits between feathered upright wood wings that act as retaining springs.
- The upper edge/rim to the oval tine has a scalloped border as decoration and the sides extend to a flat base.
- One of the four decorative lid extensions is missing the very end of the tip to one prong as shown in the images.
- The time alone to carve a box of this nature and of this quality must have been a considerable investment for a highly skilled craftsperson.
- The tine box has beautiful patina from use and wear in particular to the elegant lid.
- The carving in all of the external panel surfaces, upright struts, handle and extensions is of clear quality throughout.
- **The thistle-like acanthus plant grows naturally in the Mediterranean. First appearing as architectural ornamentation in ancient Greece and during the Roman period. The acanthus motif resurfaced during the
Baroque period (1650-1650). The Baroque-style acanthus leaf motif became established on the coast of Norway around 1700. It soon moved inland to farming regions where woodcarvers, as well as painters, fell in love with the acanthus leaf. Much of the carving on smaller objects was done on a hobby basis. Small tine boxes like these were designed for storage of valued trinkets and as keepsakes, often bought or commissioned as gifts. In Gudbrandsdal and surrounding regions, acanthus style ornamentation was especially popular. ***It is called both krullskurd and Dølaskurd "scroll carving".
- The tine box has evidence of woodworm from some stage in its c.150 year life-span and some restoration to the handle and one upright strut (as shown in the photographs).
- The antique Norwegian folk art tine box remains in good solid antique condition in a wonderful deep colour to the age-worn tine box.
Ready to provide decorative antique storage if the highest quality.
*Hauglid, R. (Ed), (1977) Native Art of Norway.
**Vesterheim, The National Norwegian-American
Museum & Heritage Center.
***Amrud, J. (1992) Ornamental woodcarving in the Norwegian tradition.
Free delivery in the mainland UK as priced. International buyers are welcome, but please contact us prior to payment to confirm the additional packaging, insurance and shipping costs by way of acceptance to your country. Purchaser responsible for local import tariffs/fees. If you are interested in multiple items, please contact us for combined postage.
H: 13cm (5.1")D: 9cm (3.5")L: 20cm (7.9")
19th Century, Victorian (1837 to 1901)