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Painted Box on Stand
Located in Stamford, CT
Painted box on stand with decorative trim. Please note of wear consistent with age including
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Late 20th Century Decorative Boxes

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Wood

  • Painted Box on Stand
  • Painted Box on Stand
  • Painted Box on Stand
  • Painted Box on Stand
H 24.00 in. W 16.00 in. D 12.00 in.
French 18th Century Painted Box
Located in Atlanta, GA
French 18th century painted box. This work comes from Normandy France.
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Antique Late 18th Century French Decorative Boxes

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Wood

  • French 18th Century Painted Box
  • French 18th Century Painted Box
  • French 18th Century Painted Box
  • French 18th Century Painted Box
H 11.75 in. W 25.5 in. D 13.25 in.
19th Century Chinoiserie Gilt Painted Box
Located in New York, NY
A 19th century Chinese chinoiserie gilt painted box. Lacquer work box of very high quality
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Antique Early 19th Century Chinese Qing Decorative Boxes

  • 19th Century Chinoiserie Gilt Painted Box
  • 19th Century Chinoiserie Gilt Painted Box
  • 19th Century Chinoiserie Gilt Painted Box
  • 19th Century Chinoiserie Gilt Painted Box
H 7 in. W 12.5 in. D 12.5 in.
1880s Mother of Pearl Hand Painted Box
Located in Tarrytown, NY
1880s Hand painted box with mother of Pearl adornment. Purchased from an East Hampton estate.
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Antique 1880s Decorative Boxes

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Wood

  • 1880s Mother of Pearl Hand Painted Box
  • 1880s Mother of Pearl Hand Painted Box
  • 1880s Mother of Pearl Hand Painted Box
  • 1880s Mother of Pearl Hand Painted Box
H 6.5 in. W 13.5 in. D 10 in.
Sevres Painted Box
Located in Stamford, CT
A late 19th century cartouche shaped painted and parcel gilt Sevres box signed Lauque bearing the
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Antique 19th Century French Boxes

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Porcelain

  • Sevres Painted Box
  • Sevres Painted Box
  • Sevres Painted Box
  • Sevres Painted Box
H 3.5 in. W 8.25 in. D 6 in.
Chinoiserie Gilt Painted Box
Located in New York, NY
A Chinoiserie decorated lacquered Box. Having gilt painted lacquered exterior with remnants of a
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Qing Decorative Boxes

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Wood

  • Chinoiserie Gilt Painted Box
  • Chinoiserie Gilt Painted Box
  • Chinoiserie Gilt Painted Box
  • Chinoiserie Gilt Painted Box
H 10 in. W 16 in. D 10 in.
Chinese Paper Mache Cream Painted Box Depicting Lion and Flowers
Located in Middleburg, VA
Chinese paper mache cream painted box depicting lion and flowers Measures: 10.25" H, 17.75" Dm.
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Decorative Boxes

Materials

Paint, Paper

Mid-19th Century Swedish Folk Art Painted Box
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Mid-19th century Swedish folk art painted box circa 1865. Good quality Swedish pine metal bound
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Antique Mid-19th Century Swedish Folk Art Decorative Boxes

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Pine

  • Mid-19th Century Swedish Folk Art Painted Box
  • Mid-19th Century Swedish Folk Art Painted Box
  • Mid-19th Century Swedish Folk Art Painted Box
  • Mid-19th Century Swedish Folk Art Painted Box
H 10.75 in. W 23 in. D 15.75 in.
19th Century Painted Box
Located in High Point, NC
19th century English oak box with a lift lid, which opens to reveal storage. The box is
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Antique 19th Century English Victorian Decorative Boxes

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Oak

  • 19th Century Painted Box
  • 19th Century Painted Box
  • 19th Century Painted Box
  • 19th Century Painted Box
H 13 in. W 16.88 in. D 7.63 in.
19th Century French Small Porcelain Hand Painted Box by Limoge
Located in Sofia, BG
Tiny porcelain hand painted box by Limoge decorated with a rose and with small scissors as a clasp
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Antique Late 19th Century French Jewelry Boxes

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Porcelain

Antique Silver Artist’s Paint Box by Harry Atkin Sheffield 1892
By J Aitkin & Son
Located in London, GB
A stunning Antique Silver Artist’s paint box by Harry Atkin, Date Sheffield 1892. A Rare
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Antique Late 19th Century British Decorative Boxes

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Silver

Small Swedish Folk Art Painted Box
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
A Swedish allmoge folk art painted little box with a combination lock most probably from the region
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Vintage 1920s Swedish Folk Art Decorative Boxes

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Pine

  • Small Swedish Folk Art Painted Box
  • Small Swedish Folk Art Painted Box
  • Small Swedish Folk Art Painted Box
  • Small Swedish Folk Art Painted Box
H 4.34 in. W 7.49 in. D 3.55 in.
18th c. Giltwood and Painted Box
Located in New Orleans, LA
Carved, Painted and Gilded Decorative Box
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier Italian Decorative Boxes

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Giltwood

  • 18th c. Giltwood and Painted Box
  • 18th c. Giltwood and Painted Box
  • 18th c. Giltwood and Painted Box
  • 18th c. Giltwood and Painted Box
H 10 in. W 20.5 in. D 10.5 in.
Antique Hand Painted Box in Pink enamel with Flowers
By Castel Limoges
Located in BILBAO, ES
Antique 19th jewellery hand painted porcelain box with flowers aprox 1880 hand painted in yellow
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Antique Late 19th Century French Romantic Decorative Boxes

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Ceramic

  • Antique Hand Painted Box in Pink enamel  with Flowers
  • Antique Hand Painted Box in Pink enamel  with Flowers
  • Antique Hand Painted Box in Pink enamel  with Flowers
  • Antique Hand Painted Box in Pink enamel  with Flowers
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H 0.99 in. W 1.97 in. D 1.19 in.
Folk Art Hand Painted Box American Circa 1850
Located in New York, NY
This is a little beauty with rose decoration on black ground gold border of scrolling vine swags and icicles, polychrome floral decoration to sides, vibrant green paper interior, mis...
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Antique 1840s American Early Victorian Jewelry Boxes

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Softwood, Paint

  • Folk Art Hand Painted Box American Circa 1850
  • Folk Art Hand Painted Box American Circa 1850
  • Folk Art Hand Painted Box American Circa 1850
  • Folk Art Hand Painted Box American Circa 1850
H 4 in. W 10.25 in. D 5.75 in.
Antique Hand Painted Box in Pink enamel with Promenade Scene
By Castel Limoges
Located in BILBAO, ES
Antique 19th hand painted pink porcelain box with promenade scene Perfect gift for decoration or
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Antique Late 19th Century French Romantic Decorative Boxes

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Ceramic

  • Antique Hand Painted Box in Pink enamel with Promenade Scene
  • Antique Hand Painted Box in Pink enamel with Promenade Scene
  • Antique Hand Painted Box in Pink enamel with Promenade Scene
  • Antique Hand Painted Box in Pink enamel with Promenade Scene
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H 0.99 in. W 1.58 in. D 1.58 in.
Antique Hand Painted Box in Pink enamel with Harbour Scene
By Castel Limoges
Located in BILBAO, ES
Antique 19th around 1880 Hand Painted Pink Porcelain Box with harbour scene Perfect gift for
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Antique Late 19th Century French Romantic Decorative Boxes

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Ceramic

  • Antique Hand Painted Box in Pink enamel with Harbour Scene
  • Antique Hand Painted Box in Pink enamel with Harbour Scene
  • Antique Hand Painted Box in Pink enamel with Harbour Scene
  • Antique Hand Painted Box in Pink enamel with Harbour Scene
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H 0.99 in. W 1.78 in. D 1.38 in.
Swedish 18th Century Original Blue Folk Art Painted Box
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Swedish 18th century original painted decorative Folk Art box, with original lock and key.
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Antique Late 18th Century Swedish Folk Art Decorative Boxes

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Pine

Antique Hand Painted Box in Yellow enamel with Hunting Horse Scene
By Castel Limoges
Located in BILBAO, ES
Antique 19th Jewellery hand painted porcelain box with hunting horse scene. aprox 1880 hand
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Antique Late 19th Century French Romantic Decorative Boxes

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Ceramic

  • Antique Hand Painted Box in Yellow enamel with  Hunting Horse Scene
  • Antique Hand Painted Box in Yellow enamel with  Hunting Horse Scene
  • Antique Hand Painted Box in Yellow enamel with  Hunting Horse Scene
  • Antique Hand Painted Box in Yellow enamel with  Hunting Horse Scene
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H 0.99 in. W 1.58 in. D 1.19 in.
Antique Hand Painted Box in Pink enamel with with Sailing Ships scene
By Castel Limoges
Located in BILBAO, ES
Antique 19th Jewellery hand painted porcelain box with hunting horse scene aprox 1880 hand painted
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Antique Late 19th Century French Romantic Decorative Boxes

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Enamel

Late 19th Century Milky White Opaline Bohemian Painted Box, France 1850-1920
Located in Queens Village, NY
and the lid. beautiful hand-painted flowers covering the center and top of the box. It was made in
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Antique Late 19th Century French Late Victorian Decorative Boxes

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Crystal, Enamel

Early Swedish 19th Century Blue Folk Art Painted Box, Dated 1816
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Swedish Folk Art box, with original blue painted decorations and lock with working key. Dated 1816
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Antique 1810s Swedish Folk Art Decorative Boxes

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Pine

Large Chinese Export Round Black Lacquer Gilt Painted Box, Mid 20th Century
Located in Austin, TX
A very large Chinese round black lacquer and gilt painted box, made for the export market, mid 20th
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Qing Lacquer

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Wood

Grain Paint Decorated Dome Top Box, American 19th Century
Located in New York, NY
Good paint-decorated dome top box in original paint. New England, probably Vermont. Second quarter
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Antique Early 19th Century Folk Art Painted Furniture

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Poplar, Paint

Painted Wooden Box, Early 20th Century
Located in Albignasego, IT
Painted box Measures: H 19cm, W 37cm, D 25cm H 7.5 in, W 14.6 in, D 9.8 in Painted wooden
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Early 20th Century Italian Folk Art Decorative Boxes

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Fir

  • Painted Wooden Box, Early 20th Century
  • Painted Wooden Box, Early 20th Century
  • Painted Wooden Box, Early 20th Century
  • Painted Wooden Box, Early 20th Century
H 7.49 in. W 14.57 in. D 9.85 in.
19th Century French Black Hand Painted Wooden Box Decorated with Flowers
Located in Sofia, BG
Beautiful hand painted box decorated with flowers and leaves in red and yellow on black base. Very
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Antique Late 19th Century French Decorative Boxes

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Wood

Sevres Porcelain Box
By Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres
Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina
painted box.
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Antique Early 1900s French Neoclassical Decorative Boxes

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Bronze

  • Sevres Porcelain Box
  • Sevres Porcelain Box
  • Sevres Porcelain Box
  • Sevres Porcelain Box
H 1.97 in. W 4.34 in. D 4.34 in.
Antique Japanese Hand Painted Lacquered Box, Early 20th Century
Located in Bristol, GB
Antique Ebonised storage chest Beautifully hand-painted box with stylised birds, flowers and fish
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Early 20th Century Japanese Decorative Boxes

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Wood

Swedish Original Painted Folk Art Wedding Box Dated 1824
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Swedish 19th century wooden monogrammed and dated Folk Art box, dated 1824. An original painted
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Antique 1820s Swedish Folk Art Decorative Boxes

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Pine

  • Swedish Original Painted Folk Art Wedding Box Dated 1824
  • Swedish Original Painted Folk Art Wedding Box Dated 1824
  • Swedish Original Painted Folk Art Wedding Box Dated 1824
  • Swedish Original Painted Folk Art Wedding Box Dated 1824
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H 9 in. W 24 in. D 17 in.
19th Century English Painted Wine Cooler
Located in Los Angeles, CA
19th century English painted box on original four casters. This box was used as a wine cooler.
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Antique 19th Century English Other Decorative Boxes

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Metal

Set of 19th Century Boxes
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Three 19th century boxes. Hand-painted Square glass box is 3.5" x 3.5" x 3.25" H Earl of
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Antique Late 19th Century Decorative Boxes

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Paint

  • Set of 19th Century Boxes
  • Set of 19th Century Boxes
  • Set of 19th Century Boxes
  • Set of 19th Century Boxes
H 2.25 in. W 6 in. D 4 in.
Chinese Box, with Flower Pattern Decor, Lacquered 19th Century
Located in Auribeau sur Siagne, FR
Small lacquered painted box, with floral decorations in yellow, red and green, it was made in China
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Chinese Export Decorative Boxes

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Wood

Antique Hand-Carved & Painted Bohemian Styled Wooden Jewelry or Decorative Box
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This large antique hand-carved and hand-painted box bears no maker's signature, but presumed to
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Early 20th Century Dutch Bohemian Decorative Boxes

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Softwood

Fine Russian Palekh Lacquered Lidded Box Hand Painted Signed
Located in Barcelona, Cataluna
Russian hand-painted boxes are famous all over the world and have been the greatest symbol of
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Vintage 1960s Romanian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Softwood

  • Fine Russian Palekh Lacquered Lidded Box Hand Painted Signed
  • Fine Russian Palekh Lacquered Lidded Box Hand Painted Signed
  • Fine Russian Palekh Lacquered Lidded Box Hand Painted Signed
  • Fine Russian Palekh Lacquered Lidded Box Hand Painted Signed
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H 1.19 in. W 2.76 in. D 1.97 in.
Set of Three 19th Century French Boxes
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Three 19th century French porcelain plaque with enamel. One is hand-painted. Boxes measure: 6" x
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Antique Late 19th Century French Decorative Boxes

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Enamel

18th C Catalan Money Box
Located in Greenwich, CT
18th C Catalan wall-hanging money box having original powdery blue paint with original lock plate.
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier Spanish Painted Furniture

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Wood

  • 18th C Catalan Money Box
  • 18th C Catalan Money Box
  • 18th C Catalan Money Box
  • 18th C Catalan Money Box
H 14.5 in. W 11.5 in. D 8 in.
Traditional Wooden Hand-Painted Lacquer Box from Olinalá, Mexico
Located in Mexico City, MX
This traditional hand-painted box is representative of a technique typical of the region of Olinalá
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20th Century Mexican Other Decorative Boxes

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Wood, Lacquer

Chinese Export Black Lacquer Gilt Painted Box, Mid 20th Century, China
Located in Austin, TX
A large and highly decorative Chinese black lacquered wooden box with gilt painted decoration, mid
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Qing Lacquer

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Wood

Italian Jewelry or Decorative Box, Early 20th Century
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
any small collectibles. Sitting atop a vanity, dresser or a desk, the hand painted box is as elegant
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Early 20th Century Italian Folk Art Jewelry Boxes

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Wood

Turn of the Century Swedish 1900s Painted Decorative Box with Distressed Patina
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Swedish Turn of the Century Period painted wood box from the early 20th century, with brass hook
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Early 20th Century Swedish Decorative Boxes

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Wood

Vintage Porcelain Trinket or Jewelry Box, Made in Germany
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Vintage German porcelain vanity box. This petite round box has gorgeous hand painted detail
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Jewelry Boxes

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Porcelain, Paint

Traditional Flower and Birds Design with Silver Applications Box, Olinalá
Located in Mexico City, MX
This hand painted box is representative of a technique typical of the Olinalá region, in the state
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Antique 19th Century Mexican Other Decorative Boxes

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Lacquer, Wood

French 19th c Paper Covered Box With Neo-Classical Diorama Under the Glass Top
Located in valatie, NY
French 19th c Wood and Paper Covered Painted Box With A Neoclassical, Palladian Style, Building
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Antique 1840s French Decorative Boxes

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Glass, Wood, Paper

Antique Painted Document Box
Located in Houston, TX
This amazing original painted document box has aged beautifully. It adorns a floral pattern and
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Antique 18th Century Decorative Boxes

Materials

Iron

  • Antique Painted Document Box
  • Antique Painted Document Box
  • Antique Painted Document Box
  • Antique Painted Document Box
H 8 in. W 24.5 in. D 16 in.
Hand Painted Floral Wig Box
Located in Newport Beach, CA
A beautiful hand painted, domed shape wig box with brass corners and incised brass surround around
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XV Decorative Boxes

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Brass

  • Hand Painted Floral Wig Box
  • Hand Painted Floral Wig Box
  • Hand Painted Floral Wig Box
  • Hand Painted Floral Wig Box
H 4.25 in. W 12 in. D 8.75 in.
Antique Regency Painted Sewing Box
Located in Norwich, GB
Antique regency painted sewing box having an original painted decoration lift up top opening to
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Antique 19th Century English Regency Decorative Boxes

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Paint

  • Antique Regency Painted Sewing Box
  • Antique Regency Painted Sewing Box
  • Antique Regency Painted Sewing Box
  • Antique Regency Painted Sewing Box
H 6.5 in. W 17.13 in. D 13.59 in.
Beautiful Antique Painted Table Box
Located in Albignasego, IT
Beautiful painted table box Measures: H.21 cm – L.32 cm – P.21 cm Antique Tyrolean painted
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Antique Early 19th Century Italian Folk Art Decorative Boxes

Materials

Fir

  • Beautiful Antique Painted Table Box
  • Beautiful Antique Painted Table Box
  • Beautiful Antique Painted Table Box
  • Beautiful Antique Painted Table Box
H 8.27 in. W 12.6 in. D 8.27 in.
Painted Chinese Style Box
Located in Stamford, CT
Painted Chinese style box ornamented throughout with motifs such as flowers, birds, and Greek key
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20th Century Decorative Boxes

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Wood

  • Painted Chinese Style Box
  • Painted Chinese Style Box
  • Painted Chinese Style Box
  • Painted Chinese Style Box
H 10.50 in. W 18.50 in. D 12.75 in.
Antique French Painted Wedding Box
Located in Port Chester, NY
Charming early painted large wedding box, with flowers and ribbons, in beautiful colors, on a dark
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Antique Mid-18th Century French Boxes

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Metal

  • Antique French Painted Wedding Box
  • Antique French Painted Wedding Box
  • Antique French Painted Wedding Box
  • Antique French Painted Wedding Box
H 9 in. W 14.5 in. D 8.75 in.
Tartan Plaid Box in Original Paint
Located in Darnestown, MD
This colorful tartan plaid box is hand decorated with shades of green; orange; red and yellow. It
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Antique 1870s American Decorative Boxes

Materials

Wood

  • Tartan Plaid Box in Original Paint
  • Tartan Plaid Box in Original Paint
  • Tartan Plaid Box in Original Paint
  • Tartan Plaid Box in Original Paint
H 5.5 in. W 10.75 in. D 8.75 in.
Tribal Painted Wood Box
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A great table-top object. This example exhibits a lovely patinated finish. Mouse riding on a frog's back.
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Vintage 1960s African Decorative Boxes

Materials

Wood

  • Tribal Painted Wood Box
  • Tribal Painted Wood Box
  • Tribal Painted Wood Box
  • Tribal Painted Wood Box
H 10 in. W 15 in. D 7 in.
Mustard Yellow Painted American Trinket Box
Located in Stamford, CT
Circa 1825 pinewood American trinket box in original mustard yellow paint with painted linear trim
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Antique 19th Century American Decorative Boxes

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Pine

  • Mustard Yellow Painted American Trinket Box
  • Mustard Yellow Painted American Trinket Box
  • Mustard Yellow Painted American Trinket Box
  • Mustard Yellow Painted American Trinket Box
H 3.00 in. W 10.00 in. D 9.00 in.
Indian Hand Painted Papier Mâché Box
Located in Tampa, FL
A hand painted papier mâché square box with stripes on the sides and flowers on the top. It is
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Vintage 1960s Indian Decorative Boxes

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Paper

  • Indian Hand Painted Papier Mâché Box
  • Indian Hand Painted Papier Mâché Box
  • Indian Hand Painted Papier Mâché Box
  • Indian Hand Painted Papier Mâché Box
H 2 in. W 2.5 in. D 2.5 in.
Tibetan Painted Longevity Box, c. 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
This beautiful late 19th-century Tibetan box has an unusual trapezoidal form and is highly
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Antique Late 19th Century Tibetan Tibetan Decorative Boxes

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Wood

  • Tibetan Painted Longevity Box, c. 1900
  • Tibetan Painted Longevity Box, c. 1900
  • Tibetan Painted Longevity Box, c. 1900
  • Tibetan Painted Longevity Box, c. 1900
H 13.5 in. W 14 in. D 14 in.
Vintage Hand Painted Mexican Decorative Box
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Reversed painted glass on wood frame and gold leaf details. Size: 8" L x 3" D x 2" H.
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1990s Mexican Bohemian Decorative Boxes

Materials

Wood, Paint, Glass

Vintage Hand Painted Lidded Wood Box
By Fantoni
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Vintage hand painted lidded wood box, paper mache.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Wool

  • Vintage Hand Painted Lidded Wood Box
  • Vintage Hand Painted Lidded Wood Box
  • Vintage Hand Painted Lidded Wood Box
  • Vintage Hand Painted Lidded Wood Box
H 2.75 in. W 8.63 in. D 4 in.
Chinese Hand Painted Ceramic Trinket Box
Located in San Diego, CA
A wonderful and colorful hand painted Chinese lidded trinket box, circa 1950s. The handcrafted
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Pottery

  • Chinese Hand Painted Ceramic Trinket Box
  • Chinese Hand Painted Ceramic Trinket Box
  • Chinese Hand Painted Ceramic Trinket Box
  • Chinese Hand Painted Ceramic Trinket Box
H 2.5 in. W 4.5 in. D 3.25 in.
Hand Painted Papier Mâché Domed Top Box
Located in Tampa, FL
A 1960s hand painted papier mâché box with a domed top from Kashmir India. The box is orange and
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Vintage 1960s Decorative Boxes

Materials

Paper

Silver Painted Wooden Pagoda Storage Box
Located in Stamford, CT
Custom silver painted wooden pagoda box. Three tiered storage compartments plus pagoda finial lid
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Early 2000s American Chinoiserie Decorative Boxes

Materials

Wood

19th century painted Swedish desktop box
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
19th century painted Swedish desktop box circa 1840. Good quality Scandinavian box in original
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Antique Mid-19th Century Swedish Gustavian Decorative Boxes

Materials

Oak, Paint

  • 19th century painted Swedish desktop box
  • 19th century painted Swedish desktop box
  • 19th century painted Swedish desktop box
  • 19th century painted Swedish desktop box
H 6 in. W 15.25 in. D 10.25 in.
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Painted Boxes For Sale on 1stDibs

Find a variety of painted boxes available on 1stDibs. Frequently made of wood, metal and ceramic, all painted boxes available were constructed with great care. Find 1152 antique and vintage painted boxes at 1stDibs now, or shop our selection of 38 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished furniture. Painted boxes have been produced for many years, with earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. There are many kinds of painted boxes to choose from, but at 1stDibs, Folk Art, Victorian and Mid-Century Modern painted boxes are of considerable interest. Painted boxes have been a part of the life’s work for many furniture makers, but those produced by Limoges, Armando de la Garza and Herend are consistently popular.

How Much are Painted Boxes?

Prices for painted boxes start at $50 and top out at $397,323 with the average selling for $909.

Finding the Right Boxes for You

From mere trinkets to useful receptacles that serve a distinct purpose, antique boxes as decorative objects have come in many forms over the years. No matter what they’re made of or where they end up in your home, decorative boxes add both style and storage to your space.

The decorative box that is likely most common is the jewelry box. These boxes were originally known as jewel caskets and were in common use in Ancient Egypt, as most Egyptians wore some sort of jewelry. A portable jewelry box, in its original intended use, was integral to keeping your jewelry safe and secure. This accessory has transformed in size, shape and appearance over the years. Initially it was common for a jewelry box to bear intricate ornamentation. Whether they’re mid-century modern works of marble and brass or feature playful Art Deco–style geometric decor, jewelry boxes boast real staying power.

Snuff boxes began to soar in popularity during the 17th century (and were commonplace in European homes by the mid-19th century). The boxes, some hand-painted with landscape scenes, some made from gold, porcelain or stone, contained a small amount of tobacco, which users would sniff, or “snuff,” throughout the day. Some particularly ornamental snuff boxes featured enameled designs or were set with precious gems and were given as gifts or party favors, particularly at the coronation of royalty or other lavish events.

Whether you’re organizing important mail in the foyer or tucking away medications in your bathroom, antique boxes — be they metal tea caddies, sterling-silver decorative boxes or Victorian cigar boxes made of oak (even if you don’t smoke) — are a sophisticated solution to help keep the surfaces in your home clutter-free. And no matter if you’re seeking a decorative box to beautify a desktop or bestow upon a loved one, you are sure to find something you love in the collection of antique and vintage boxes on 1stDibs.

Questions About Painted Boxes
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    Brillo Boxes are not so much of a painting as they are a statement. Taking cues from commercial packaging, Andy Warhol used a screen printing technique on wood with ink to create his ‘consumer boxes’. You can shop a selection of Andy Warhol’s pieces from some of the world’s top art dealers on 1stDibs.

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Ask an Interior Designer: Work-from-Home Edition

Ask an Interior Designer: Work-from-Home Edition

Leaping into a design project, whether it's refreshing the bedroom or redoing the whole house, can be overwhelming. Luckily, we know more than a few interior designers. You asked questions on Instagram, and now they're answering.