Swedish 'Folk Art' painted writing slope / desk box, marked 1733.
For sale is a bright and charming Swedish folk art writing slope / desk box in Baltic blue paint with 'Rosmålning' decoration to the sloping lid with a poignant message within.
- The writing slope is painted in a bright and bold Baltic blue with red and green edge highlights. The desk box has an angled / sloping lid and bevelled edge to the lid. The construction is of dove tail joints. The box has been painted throughout, except the base and internally.
- The sloped lid has a central 'Rosmålning' decorative floral motif above a painted date of 1733.
- The writing slope is of pine construction with two original hand wrought ironwork, strap hinges and lock (but no key is present).
- Internal to the writing desk box is a small lidded section with flip-up inner lid. The internal section also has a hidden section by lifting the front section to this internal compartment to reveal another storage space.
- Inside the lid to the box the following inscription has been made in pencil (text in brackets is additional) and is though to state:
"This box came to Hälle (a place in Östersund Municipality, Jämtland County, Sweden)
in 1914 from Bodal (Ornö island, Stockholm archipelago),
given by Ida Jansson,
and should thus become Ida’s children’s.
So the box moved from Southern Sweden in the Stockholm archipelago in 1914 with Ida Jansson to Jämtland County in the middle of Sweden bordering Norway. The box itself is either 18th or 19th Century and the paint looks to be original to the box, and this may match the original 1733 date to the lid. Ready to be used as a beautiful antique desk box or stationary storage for the next owner in its lifespan.
Free delivery to the UK mainland 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.
W: 34cm (13.4")H: 20cm (7.9")D: 24cm (9.4")
18th Century, 19th Century, Georgian (1714 to 1837)