Strawberries in Winter   Leave a comment

Today’s small is the surface decoration on this lovely painted box (circa 1830’s -40’s if I am remembering correctly) which resides in the American Folk Art section of The Art Institute of Chicago.  Although it was behind glass, I managed to get a close-up of the delicate motifs that ornament the top and sides, as well as the border of diminutive strawberries which provides a lyrical sort of rhythm around the edge of the box.

Whether this was used for trinkets or had some other use I cannot say.  I wonder how many people treasured this fine example of American craftsmanship, and how many generations placed it on their tabletop or dresser before it finally found a home in the museum?

I will stop in to visit it again in April when I return to see the Matisse exhibit, which should be another feast for the eyes.  Perhaps then I will be able to provide more details.  At any rate, it is worth a close look and provides a breath of spring on this cold March day.  Enjoy.

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