Small and important. American “girl’s school” sewing basket, circa 1800-30. The highly unusual tapering octagonal form is polychrome floral decorated against curly maple veneer in old finish. Tiger maple handle. Worn silk pleated interior. More images available on request. A rare prize.
H. 12″, w. 13″ . $750.
This important theme is discussed most thoroughly in Betsy Kreig Salm’s book Women’s Painted Furniture, 1790-1830, American Schoolgirl Art, University of New England, 2010.