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Lift Lid Trinket Box, Attributed to the Checkerboard Artist
Somerset County, Pennsylvania
Of the approximately 15 known examples from the
Checkerboard Artist, this is the only example depicting a
figure.

Date/Period: Circa 1840


Lift Lid Trinket Box, Attributed to the Checkerboard Artist Somerset County, Pennsylvania, entire view 1

Measurement: Height: 4.5"; width: 10.75"; depth: 7"

Material: Pine and polychrome

Condition: Very good original condition, rear feet extended, missing wire keeper;
retains one original sheet iron hinge…the other a 19th century leather hinge.

Additional Information: The rectangular lid featuring projecting applied molding typical
of the Checkerboard Artist’s shop tradition; box raised on molded base resting on
bracket feet joining scalloped aprons in alternating black and red paint. The lid is
ornaments with an imaginative and distinctive urn issuing a humanoid figure; the front
decorated with heart surmounting a pair of dots centered by double crescents. The sides
display silver dollar sized circles surrounded by conforming dots within conjoined arches.
1. The trunk joins the small but prominent body of work by the unknown folk artist, all
which command sizeable sums when they appear on the market. Examples that have
sold at auction include a wall box with arched back featuring a standing bird in a square
field on the front that sold at Christie’s in September 2016, for $56,250. It had
provenance to the collection of Mr and Mrs. George W. Scott, Jr, and was being offered
in 2016 as part of the estate of Daniel W. Dietrich II. A miniature chest with incised circle,
star and checkerboard design and vibrant original paint brought $377,000 when
Sotheby’s offered it as part of the Ralph O. Esmerian collection in 2014. In November
2015, Garth’s sold a document box by the same maker for $63,000; it had central
pinwheel decoration and checkerboard ends. Of these, the present trunk is the largest
example to have come to auction. In 2021 a large painted trunk attributed to the
Checkboard Artist of Somerset County, Penn., flew to a private collector, bidding on the
phone for $81,000.00 at Garths. 1. Antiques and the Arts Weekly

$24,950.00

505-163


Lift Lid Trinket Box, Attributed to the Checkerboard Artist Somerset County, Pennsylvania, entire view 2

Lift Lid Trinket Box, Attributed to the Checkerboard Artist Somerset County, Pennsylvania, entire view 3

Lift Lid Trinket Box, Attributed to the Checkerboard Artist Somerset County, Pennsylvania, entire view 4

Lift Lid Trinket Box, Attributed to the Checkerboard Artist Somerset County, Pennsylvania, entire view 5

Lift Lid Trinket Box, Attributed to the Checkerboard Artist Somerset County, Pennsylvania, entire view 6

Lift Lid Trinket Box, Attributed to the Checkerboard Artist Somerset County, Pennsylvania, entire view 7

Lift Lid Trinket Box, Attributed to the Checkerboard Artist Somerset County, Pennsylvania, entire view 8

Lift Lid Trinket Box, Attributed to the Checkerboard Artist Somerset County, Pennsylvania, entire view 9



Box, Trinket Box, Painted Dresser Box, Old Red Paint
Date/Period: 19th Century


Box, Trinket Box, Painted Dresser Box, Old Red Paint, entire view

Measurement: Height: 3.75": width: 6.75"; depth: 4"

Condition: Overall…very good, old, and minor wood loss to front-lower-center of lid
molding that doesn’t distract.

Additional Information: The rectangular did featuring very attractive applied molding is
hung on brass hinges; conforming case with molding applied to front. Dry patina. *

$1050.00

1002-379


Box, Trinket Box, Painted Dresser Box, Old Red Paint, entire view 2



Paint Decorated Dresser Box, Bucher Box, Heinrich Bucher, Antique Trinket Box
Pennsylvania, circa 1775-1825


Paint Decorated Dresser Box, Bucher Box, Heinrich Bucher, Antique Trinket Box
Pennsylvania, circa 1775-1825, angle view 1

The lid initialed “ID” above a church/meetinghouse; ornamented with robust tulips, trees and other flourishes;
typical red, white and green decoration. Retains original tin hasp and hinges.
(Three inches loss to projecting base lip at proper bottom left front;
thinning paint, else fine and original;
9.75 by 8.75 by 2.75” .)


Paint Decorated Dresser Box, Bucher Box, Heinrich Bucher, Antique Trinket Box
Pennsylvania, circa 1775-1825, entire view 1

Paint Decorated Dresser Box, Bucher Box, Heinrich Bucher, Antique Trinket Box
Pennsylvania, circa 1775-1825, angle view 2

Paint Decorated Dresser Box, Bucher Box, Heinrich Bucher, Antique Trinket Box
Pennsylvania, circa 1775-1825, entire view 2

Paint Decorated Dresser Box, Bucher Box, Heinrich Bucher, Antique Trinket Box
Pennsylvania, circa 1775-1825, open view

$4,885.00

928-103




Box, Paint Decorated Trinket Box, Polychrome Flowers Against Oxidized Blue
Anonymous
Date/Period: 19th Century


Box, Paint Decorated Trinket Box, Polychrome Flowers Against Oxidized Blue Anonymous, entire view

Measurement: Height: 1.75"; width: 4.25"; depth: 4.5"

Material: Polychrome on pine

Condition: Original condition, tight shrinkage fissure following grain on base
(about 2-inches)

Additional Information: Colorful flowers decorate the top of this sweet little box.

$495.00

431-144


Box, Paint Decorated Trinket Box, Polychrome Flowers Against Oxidized Blue Anonymous, entire view 2

Box, Paint Decorated Trinket Box, Polychrome Flowers Against Oxidized Blue Anonymous, bottom view




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