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Painted on the inside lid of a peasant bridal chest. For a young woman born in the Eastern Mediterranean, back in late 19th century, marriage might have involved leaving the village & moving down the coast, to start a new life. Chest-makers therefore often decorated dowry chests with images of steamers & flowers, to represent voyage, romance, adventure, new beginnings. The colours are exceptionally vivid, being plant and mineral-based, and the splendid turmeric yellow details makes these paintings so vibrant. These works are rare and sought-after.

Rose Lane is now the leading seller in Europe of these rare naive marriage chest lid paintings.

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19th Century Hand Painted Peasant Bridal Box Lid


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