Blue-Green Hand-Painted Swedish Marriage Trunk with Yellow Initials & Date c.1830 & Original Hardware
Blue-green hand-painted Swedish marriage trunk with yellow initials & date c.1830. Original hand painting in cool green and blue, date and initials overlaid in yellow. Original steel hardware side handles, lock and key increase the charm and value of this piece. Inside of lid has been decoupaged with antique romantic illustrations. Trunk interior contains one raised drawer with dedicated hinged lid. The entirety of the interior has been left as it's authentic unfinished Swedish pine self.
Swedish "kista" trunks were once given as a gift to a marrying couple and would be filled with all the necessities for married life, such as special linens, family keepsakes, and so on. Often you'll find them hand-painted with both the date and the initials of the betrothed couple. In modern times, dowry trunks work well as hope chests, occasional and coffee tables, attractive and interesting storage, or as a conversation piece in any room or foyer.
H 22.25" W 43" D 22.5"
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