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Early 20th Century French Sèvres Painted Porcelain and Gilt Brass Jewelry Box
By Cristalleries De Sevres
Located in Dallas, TX
Decorate a master bathroom or powder room with this colorful antique jewelry box; crafted in the style of Sèvres, France circa 1870, the porcelain bombe casket with cobalt blue and g...
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Early 20th Century French Napoleon III Jewelry Boxes

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Brass

Majolica Tobacco Box by Johann Maresch, Austria, circa 1900
By Johann Maresch
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
We are offering another rare Johann Maresch item, an exceptional Majolica tobacco box out of the famous "tobacco barrel series" from the beginning of the 20th century. This wonderful...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Snuff Boxes and Tobacco Boxes

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Majolica

Majolica Tobacco Box by Johann Maresch, Austria, circa 1900
By Johann Maresch
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Here we are offering one of our rare Majolica items, an exceptional tobacco box out of the sack series by Johann Maresch from the beginning of the 20th century. The beautiful worked ...
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Early 20th Century Czech Art Nouveau Snuff Boxes and Tobacco Boxes

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Majolica

Antique Polychrome Delft Hand Painted 17th Century Portuguese Ceramic Tureen Lid
Located in Coimbra, PT
Delft polychrome Portuguese hand painted ceramic covered tureen with lid and under plate, hand painted 17th century, tin glazed faience with floral, hunting and bird motif, early 20t...
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Vintage 1940s Portuguese Country Decorative Boxes

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Ceramic, Delft

Antique Polychrome Delft Hand Painted 17th Century Portuguese Ceramic Tureen/Lid
Located in Coimbra, PT
Delft polychrome Portuguese hand painted ceramic covered tureen with lid and under plate, hand painted 17th century, tin glazed faience with floral, hunting and bird motif, early 20t...
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Mid-20th Century Portuguese Country Decorative Boxes

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Ceramic, Delft

Chinoiserie Leather Red and Gilt Hand Painted Box
By Asian Style
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Chinoiserie red leather gilt hand painted oriental traveling box. This box is in good condition with beautiful crackled appearance in the back where the box open. Wonderful Chinese...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Chinoiserie More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

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Leather

Vintage Trinket Metal Box with Porcelain Top Hand Painted Asian Scene
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage metal and porcelain trinket box with hand painted Asian Japanese scene. Metal silvered with porcelain top hand painted with an outdoor scene with a mother and child wearing t...
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Late 20th Century Japanese Anglo-Japanese Metalwork

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Metal

Tyrolean Painted Box
Located in Albignasego, IT
Tyrolean painted box Measures: H. 12.5cm, L. 25cm, P. 19.5cm Storage box in fir wood painted green. All-over the surface there are floral motifs. Tyrol, early 1900s.
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Antique Early 1900s Italian Folk Art Decorative Boxes

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Fir

  • Tyrolean Painted Box
  • Tyrolean Painted Box
  • Tyrolean Painted Box
  • Tyrolean Painted Box
H 5.12 in. W 9.85 in. D 7.88 in.
Painted Box on Stand
Located in Stamford, CT
Painted box on stand with decorative trim. Please note of wear consistent with age including scratches throughout.
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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.
Antique Chinoiserie Painted Box
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese chinoiserie painted box. Painting on the box tells several stories all happening during a large harvest that is very auspicious. A celebration in the making of succes...
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Antique Early 1900s Chinese Qing Decorative Boxes

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Wood

  • Antique Chinoiserie Painted Box
  • Antique Chinoiserie Painted Box
  • Antique Chinoiserie Painted Box
  • Antique Chinoiserie Painted Box
H 4.5 in. W 11.75 in. D 6.5 in.
Chinoiserie Gilt Painted Box
Located in New York, NY
A chinoiserie decorated lacquered Box. Having remnants of a painted lacquered interior. As a heirloom box, over time, these types of boxes were repaired and retouched to maintain the...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Qing Decorative Boxes

  • 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.
Folk Art Painted Wood Box Ornately Carved, Dated 1932
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
1932 dated Folk Art painted and carved wood box. The large box is ornately carved on all sides as well as on top; painted in vintage red over blue under-layer. When opened, the lid...
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Vintage 1930s German Folk Art Painted Furniture

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Wood

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.
Original Blue and Red Painted Swedish Bridal Folk Art Box Dated 1852
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
An original blue and red painted Swedish Folk Art wooden box dated 1852. Signed MPD where the D stands for "Daughter of M.P. The girls received as present from the family painted, si...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Swedish Folk Art Painted Furniture

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Pine

19th Century Original Paint Decorated Dome Top Box from Pennsylvania
Located in Los Angeles, CA
19th century original paint decorated hand made and dovetailed dome top box from Pennsylvania. This wonderful box has the original lock and latch on the front. It also is all dovetai...
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Antique 19th Century American American Colonial Painted Furniture

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Wood

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.
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. Beautifully painted.  
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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.
Italian Florentine Hand Painted Box, circa 1920s
Located in Douglas Manor, NY
8-257 Italian hand painted jewelry box with compartments and mirrored top panel Has glass bottom and removable partitions so can be used for multiple purposes.  
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Vintage 1920s European Jewelry Boxes

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Glass, Mirror, Fruitwood

Sevres Painted Box
Located in Stamford, CT
A late 19th century cartouche shaped painted and parcel gilt Sevres box signed Lauque bearing the interlaced L's mark. The top is decorated with an oval fuschia colored classical sc...
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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.
Beautiful Shell Motife Painted Box by Maitland Smith
By Maitland Smith
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Large decorative box having gorgeous shell painting on it.
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2010s Philippine Decorative Boxes

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Wood

19th Century French Small Porcelain Hand Painted Box by Limoge
Located in Pully, CH
Tiny porcelain hand painted box by Limoge decorated with a rose and with small scissors as a clasp. France, circa 1880.  
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Antique Late 19th Century French Jewelry Boxes

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Porcelain

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 table box. Decorated on all sides with floral motifs on a blue background and an aus...
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Antique Early 19th Century Italian Folk Art Decorative Boxes

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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 trim. The piece also features a carved panel on the lid with three figures. Please n...
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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.
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

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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.
French Painted Tea Box
Located in New Orleans, LA
French painted tea box withe scenes of chateau life. Main photo on lid says "Entree to Spa", front scene is "Les forges du marteau" one side panel is "la Sauveroere" The other end pa...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Decorative Boxes

  • French Painted Tea Box
  • French Painted Tea Box
  • French Painted Tea Box
  • French Painted Tea Box
H 4 in. W 5 in. D 4 in.
Brunswick Round Snuff Box, Painted with a Banker
Located in Montreal, QC
These boxes were a specialty of Brunswick and are highly collectible, especially if an interesting subject or view. Here we see a banker bagging up his gold pieces, with a scale and ...
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Antique Early 19th Century German Snuff Boxes and Tobacco Boxes

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Other

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

French Hand Painted Porcelain Trinket Box
By Porcelaine de Paris
Located in Guaynabo, PR
This is a hand painted porcelain box featuring in the front of the hinged lid a Victorian young lady. She is sitting over a stone bench near a lake view in the countryside. The scene...
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Early 20th Century French Victorian Jewelry Boxes

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Porcelain

  • French Hand Painted Porcelain Trinket Box
  • French Hand Painted Porcelain Trinket Box
  • French Hand Painted Porcelain Trinket Box
  • French Hand Painted Porcelain Trinket Box
H 1.50 in. W 3.75 in. D 2.25 in.
Hand Painted Rajasthani Moorish Lacquer Box
By Rajhastani
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Hand painted Rajasthani Moorish papier mache lacquered box in rectangular shape with dome lid decorated with floral designs in green and gold on ivory color background, interior is b...
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Mid-20th Century Indian Moorish Decorative Boxes

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Lacquer

18th C Catalan Money Box
Located in New York, NY
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.
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

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Glass, Wood, Paint

Red Floral Painted Chest Box, 1857
Located in Albignasego, IT
Italian (Tyrol) painted chest-box Measures: H 25cm, W 46cm, D 31cm H 9.8 in, W 18.1 in, D 12.2 in Fir-tree box painted in red. On the front there are floral motifs and ...
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Antique 1850s Italian Folk Art Decorative Boxes

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Fir

  • Red Floral Painted Chest Box, 1857
  • Red Floral Painted Chest Box, 1857
  • Red Floral Painted Chest Box, 1857
  • Red Floral Painted Chest Box, 1857
H 9.85 in. W 18.12 in. D 12.21 in.
Silver Painted Wooden Pagoda Storage Box
Located in Stamford, CT
Custom silver painted wooden pagoda box. Three tiered storage compartments plus pagoda finial lid. No makers mark.
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Early 2000s American Chinoiserie Decorative Boxes

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Wood

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 retains the original paint in very good condition. A newspaper under the interior mi...
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Antique 1870s American Decorative Boxes

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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.
Hand-Painted Ribbed Bone Turkish Box
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Hand-painted bone ribbed Turkish box, painted Asian inspired scene in brilliant and vibrant colors - the box compliments many environments - from a prominent display on the desk to t...
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20th Century Turkish Decorative Boxes

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Bone

Antique Moroccan Painted Wood Box
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Antique Moroccan wood box painted on all six sides with symbolic floral designs over an architecturally intriguing form and a removable pitched lid.
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Moorish Decorative Boxes

  • Antique Moroccan Painted Wood Box
  • Antique Moroccan Painted Wood Box
  • Antique Moroccan Painted Wood Box
  • Antique Moroccan Painted Wood Box
H 32 in. W 19 in. D 21.5 in.
1930s Painted Italian Trinket Box
Located in Tarrytown, NY
1930s painted Italian trinket box with original key.
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Vintage 1930s Italian Decorative Boxes

  • 1930s Painted Italian Trinket Box
  • 1930s Painted Italian Trinket Box
  • 1930s Painted Italian Trinket Box
  • 1930s Painted Italian Trinket Box
H 7 in. W 13 in. D 11 in.
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 storage box. On the whole surface there are bouquets of flowers contained in baskets...
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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.
Cartier Hand Painted Enamel Porcelain Trinket Box
By Cartier
Located in Guaynabo, PR
This is a Cartier hand painted enamel porcelain oval trinket box. It depicts an East Asian landscape with a couple wearing oriental outfits in the front of the lid. Also, there is an...
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20th Century English Chinoiserie Jewelry Boxes

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Porcelain

19th Century Mughal Painted Wooden Box
Located in London, GB
19th century Mughal painted wooden box We are proud to offer a mid-19th century hand crafted Indian compartmental wooden box. Covered in ornate floral, bird and figure hand paint...
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Antique 19th Century Indian Victorian Decorative Boxes

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Pine

  • 19th Century Mughal Painted Wooden Box
  • 19th Century Mughal Painted Wooden Box
  • 19th Century Mughal Painted Wooden Box
  • 19th Century Mughal Painted Wooden Box
H 5.5 in. W 11 in. D 7 in.
Sevres Style Hand Painted Porcelain Small Box
Located in Guaynabo, PR
This is a Sevres style hand painted porcelain hinged small rectangular box. The background of the box is painted cobalt blue. It’s featuring in the front lid, a scene of some soldier...
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Early 20th Century French Rococo Decorative Boxes

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Porcelain

  • Sevres Style Hand Painted Porcelain Small Box
  • Sevres Style Hand Painted Porcelain Small Box
  • Sevres Style Hand Painted Porcelain Small Box
  • Sevres Style Hand Painted Porcelain Small Box
H 1.75 in. W 3.25 in. D 2.75 in.
Vintage Italian Gilt and Painted Wood Box
Located in Great Barrington, MA
The vintage Florentine giltwood box with feet also has a green and red painted and hinged top. Stamped "Made in Italy".
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Mid-20th Century Italian Decorative Boxes

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Wood

18th Century Painted Silk Jewelry Box
Located in Brecht, BE
18th century painted silk jewelry box. Pure poetry.
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Antique Late 18th Century British Jewelry Boxes

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Silk

  • 18th Century Painted Silk Jewelry Box
  • 18th Century Painted Silk Jewelry Box
  • 18th Century Painted Silk Jewelry Box
  • 18th Century Painted Silk Jewelry Box
H 7.88 in. W 13.78 in. D 9.06 in.
19th Century Painted Papier Mache Box Set
Located in Godalming, GB
Victorian painted papier mache box enclosing five further painted boxes, decorated with parrots, fruits, foliage and gilded scrolls
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Antique 1860s European High Victorian Decorative Boxes

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Paper

  • 19th Century Painted Papier Mache Box Set
  • 19th Century Painted Papier Mache Box Set
  • 19th Century Painted Papier Mache Box Set
  • 19th Century Painted Papier Mache Box Set
H 1.97 in. W 11.23 in. D 10.63 in.
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 key, dated 1816.
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Antique 1810s Swedish Folk Art Decorative Boxes

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Pine

Karl Springer Pivoting Painted Goatskin Box
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pivoting box, covered in sliced petrified coral Label below. See photo can to get a sense of scale.   
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Vintage 1970s American Decorative Boxes

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Goatskin

Rajasthani Indian Hand Painted Wood Jewelry Dowry Box
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Rajasthani Indian vaulted dowry jewelry box, hand painted with Indian lovers enjoying each other, while beautiful court musicians accompany them musically, setting the tone f...
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20th Century Indian Agra Jewelry Boxes

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Wood

Pair of Painted Decorative Ceramic Boxes Tripod Eggs
Located in Pully, CH
Pair of small painted ceramic egg boxes raised on tripod legs. France, circa 2000.
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Early 2000s French Decorative Boxes

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Ceramic

Antique Painted Money/ File Box on Custom Stand
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A lift top metal box with a black painted background having a Shield Crest and gold accents. The box opens to reveal a lift-out money box and the underside of the lid houses a file/l...
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20th Century Industrial Decorative Boxes

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Metal

  • Antique Painted Money/ File Box on Custom Stand
  • Antique Painted Money/ File Box on Custom Stand
  • Antique Painted Money/ File Box on Custom Stand
  • Antique Painted Money/ File Box on Custom Stand
H 19.25 in. W 19.75 in. D 13.5 in.
Dorothy Hafner Rare Prototype Box Uniquely Hand Painted
By Dorothy Hafner
Located in Sharon, CT
Beautiful hand painted ceramic box.
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Vintage 1970s American Post-Modern Decorative Boxes

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Ceramic

Swedish 18th Century Painted Folk Art Box
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Swedish 18th century folk art box. Original black paint and hardware and key. This handsome box has leather strappings and top handle. It is a wonderful addition to your vintage coll...
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Antique 1780s Swedish Folk Art Decorative Boxes

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Leather, Pine

  • Swedish 18th Century Painted Folk Art Box
  • Swedish 18th Century Painted Folk Art Box
  • Swedish 18th Century Painted Folk Art Box
  • Swedish 18th Century Painted Folk Art Box
H 10.63 in. W 19.69 in. D 13.78 in.
Limoges France Hand Painted Porcelain Turnip Trinket Box
By Limoges
Located in Tustin, CA
Collectible and very unique, Limoges porcelain miniature trinket box is handmade and hand painted in France. It features a realistically depicted white fleshy taproot turnip with its...
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Late 20th Century French French Provincial Decorative Boxes

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Porcelain

Early 19th Century Pennsylvania Carved and Painted Pipe Box
Located in Nantucket, MA
Early 19th century Pennsylvania carved and painted pipe box. Masterfully carved and painted pipe box designed to hang on the wall or stand on a mantle. The backboard carved with a po...
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Antique Early 19th Century American Folk Art Snuff Boxes and Tobacco Boxes

Materials

Paint, Wood

1810 Table Box, Red Floral Painted, Central Europe
Located in Albignasego, IT
Painted table top box/case Measures: H.30 cm, W.48 cm, D.32 cm Small hand-painted Tyrolean antique box, with red background. Decorated on all sides with floral motifs on a light b...
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Antique Early 19th Century Italian Folk Art Decorative Boxes

Materials

Fir

19th Century Original Painted Dovetailed Document Box
Located in Los Angeles, CA
19th century original taupe painted dovetailed document box from New England. The original brass handled.
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Antique 19th Century American Country Decorative Boxes

Materials

Wood

Tibetan Hand Painted Decorative Box with Floral Designs
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Hand painted Tibetan decorative box. Hand painted wood in an rectangular shape with hinged lid and decorated with vibrant floral designs on red. A vintage Tibetan wood box, exquisi...
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Mid-20th Century Tibetan Folk Art Decorative Boxes

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Wood

Early 20th Century Green Painted Tool Box
Located in Chicago, IL
A charming early 20th century American tool box with a large handle on top, four divided sections, and retaining its original army green paint. Perfect in your kitchen filled with sp...
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Early 20th Century American Primitive Decorative Boxes

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Wood

Hand Painted Middle Eastern Lacquer Box with Camel
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Hand painted Middle Eastern red and black lacquer box in rectangular shape with lid decorated a camel and palms. Great decorative box with miniature painting of a camel in a desert ...
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Mid-20th Century African Moorish Decorative Boxes

Materials

Paper

Antique Russian Lacquered Box with Hand Painted Top
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This antique wooden box is unmarked and unsigned, but believed to have been made in Russia in circa 1890. The top of the box portrays a vignette of a shore scene where several men in...
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Antique Late 19th Century Russian Victorian Decorative Boxes

Materials

Softwood

Painted Leather Camphor Wood Box on a Barley Twist Stand
Located in Wilson, NC
Painted leather camphor wood box on a barley twist stand has its original floral painting and brass stud work. The barley twist stand was made circa 1890 and is not original to the box.
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Antique 1830s English Decorative Boxes

Materials

Brass

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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.

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