Brilliant Paint Decorated Tinware (Tole) Snuff Box

Attributed to the Connecticut Filley Tinshop, Bloomfield, CT, ca 1800-1846 (as per Martin and Tucker). Rare paint decorated tinware snuff box from an important collection of American Folk Art. Paint and thin copper-colored asphaltum on tin. The lid skillfully decorated in brush strokes of dark green, yellow-green, dark red and pink; the body bordered by stylized tear-drops in yellow-green. Just 2 5/8 inches long x 1 5/8 wide x 1 1/8 tall. Excellent structural condition. Pictured on page 17: AMERICAN PAINTED TINWARE, VOLUME III, Gina Martin and Lois Tucker. Quoting from that reference: "An extremely rare form in this small snuff box. The design is similar to the geometrically balanced designs already seen [in references to the CT Filley shop]". Provenance: Sotheby's New York, January Americana Week, 2006, from the American Folk Art Collection of Jeremy L. Banta.

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