Paint Decorated Box from the Katcher Collection

Pennsylvania, ca. 1800-1810. White pine, with original tinplated sheet-iron hasp and hinges. Joined by unheaded cut nails and hide glue. Known as a "Bucher" box based on an example signed by H. (Heinrich) Bucher at Winterthur. It is now known that Bucher was an owner, not the maker, the maker being active in Lancaster, Lebanon, or Berks County from 1760 to 1810. This is the only known Bucher box with four initials, which probably represent the first and last names of the husband and wife for whom the box was made. It is elaborately decorated with the original red, yellow, white, and green tulip blossoms on a black ground with sawtooth border. Provenance: Hattie Brunner, Reinholds, PA, 1961; Sotheby's, May, 1995, the Important Americana Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Henry Deyerle, Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, VA; Jane Katcher. Pictured and discussed in EXPRESSIONS OF INNOCENCE AND ELOQUENCE, Selections from the Jane Katcher Collection of Americana, Volume 1, page 286 and 402. Excellent condition. About 9 5/8 inches wide x 8 5/8 deep x 2 1/4 tall.

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