Likely Maine, ca. 1820. Untouched original paint, with vignettes that appear to tell the story of the artist's travels or imagination, with a mix of northern trees amongst others that would be of southern origin, like palms (and what I thought were cacti I now think are much more likely flowering thistle). Birds and deer appear amongst the trees, flowers, and plants, many of them potted, implying perhaps a gardener, during a period when gardening was a luxury as so much time was consumed by unrelenting chores. This work has the feel of early New England wall painting and reflects the popularity of white ground decorated furniture in Maine during that period. Structurally excellent condition, noting the loss of the lock hasp very long ago. Expected wear, craquelure, and patination to the paint. About 16 inches long x 9 1/2 deep x 6 tall. Purchased in the 90's by Walters/Benisek from the very important personal collection of Joy Piscopo, the collection focusing on pieces of Maine origin. Amongst my favorite painted pieces I have ever offered!
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