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Brown Rectangular Folk Art Shell Covered Wooden Box with Lid, Arthur Court

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A fabulous shell covered Folk Art box with lid. Covered in brown, black and cream conical shaped shells, it is a striking statement piece. The box which the shells cover, is created from wood and is in a rectangular shape. A marking at the bottom reads “Arthur Court Designs”. The top of the box is removable, and opens to reveal a fabric lined interior. This box is by Arthur Court, however we believe the shells were applied later by a folk artist as we’ve yet to come across any shell pieces by Arthur Court. How We Would Style It: This box could be used at a desk to hold paper or writing supplies. Alternatively, we think it would be gorgeous styled on a coffee table and used to store unmentionables. Dimensions: 9.75" wide 3" tall 6.25" deep.


  • Creator
    Arthur Court (Maker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 3 in. (7.62 cm)Width: 9.75 in. (24.77 cm)Depth: 6.25 in. (15.88 cm)
  • Style
    Folk Art (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    20th Century
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Fabulous vintage condition. Some areas where shells are missing. (As shown in photos).
  • Seller Location
    Oklahoma City, OK
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU3382320789182

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  • Shipping
    $110 Standard Parcel Shipping
    to United States 0, arrives in 3-5 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Noble, OK
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

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About the Maker

Arthur Court

The work of Arthur Court is a constant delight to his fans. The San Francisco based designer created a wide range of sophisticated yet cheerful furnishings and bijoux based on natural forms that included flowers, cacti, antlers and animals.

Court’s designs drew on his rich and diverse experiences. He grew up in Minnesota, and his childhood rambles in the woods made him a lifelong naturalist. Navy service in the Pacific during World War II exposed Court to Asian cultures, and later in life Court was fond of taking African safaris. Upon his return from the war, Court moved to San Francisco and opened an interior design business — attracting such high-profile Hollywood clients as Shirley Temple Black and the Andrews Sisters. In 1966, he opened a store that offered smaller furniture pieces, tabletop wares and decorative sculptures. These included glass-topped tables with bases shaped like lilies or palm trees; whimsical monkey candlesticks and ice buckets in the form of rabbits and whales; or cast-aluminum tortoise shell-shaped lamps.

As you will see from the offerings on these pages, Arthur Court appealed to anyone with a sense of joie de vivre. Take a look: it’s serious fun!

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