Made of pine, this handsome old chest is an outstanding example of the art of marquetry. Completely covered with precisely cut pieces of veneer that range in size from tiny to large, the contrasting colors of satinwood, rosewood, fruitwood and the many other woods used make the geometric designs pop. The eight-pointed star on the lid is popular in cultures worldwide; other shapes used include diamonds, triangles, squares and rectangles. The form is a classic casket, constructed without a lock and resting on four button feet. Even the bottom of the box is decorated with a layer of gilding.
This beautiful box measures 9 1/2 inches wide, 7 inches front to back and 5 1/2 inches tall. It weighs about 3 1/4 pounds and is in excellent condition. There is no missing veneer and no chips or breaks and no interior odor. The varnish is alligatored in spots and there is some pencil writing inside; on the banding on the front of the box, there's a very tiny nick. The pair of brass hinges work smoothly and the lid closes evenly. This box adds classic elegance as well as useful storage to any room.