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Artist / Maker : Unknown
Title : Untitled (Iron Strongbox on Oak Stand)
Date (Execution) : c.1700
Geographical Origin : Germany
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Style / Period :
Medium / Material  : iron; paint; brass; oak wood; paint; varnish
Support / Technique : bent; molded; sodered; painted;; carved; incised; beveled; assembled; varnished
Object Type : strongboxes
Visual Description : This iron box is intricate in design. The box consists of a hinged lid; handles on either side; and hinges, to fasten the box closed, on the front. Each side of the box, including the lid, has iron strips nailed to the surface, both horizontally and vertically, making a checkered-board pattern. Each of the checkers is painted with either a green-yellow flower, red-black circle, or a green-yellow circle. Placed in the centre of the front face is an intricate design of floral images in a diamond shape with a key hole in the centre. Again, this floral image is nailed to the box. The iron nails used to assemble the box are also design features. The handles on both the left and right sides are oblong in shape and are attached to the box by being bent through two circular hinges. The brass lock that is attached to the front left hinge is large and resembles the shape of a bear's head. Attached to the top of the lock is a curved brass bar. The oak standholding the box is unusual in shape. The top surface has a slight lip or overhang and the area below it is bevelled. Each of the four legs consists of a short bevelled area followed by a large round piece of wood and another bevelled area, longer than the first. The feet of the stand are beveled squares. The base of the stand has additional support with the beveled, horizontal beams that connect each of the four legs.
Accession # : U001.11.482
Width (cm) : 83.13
Height (cm) : 43.75
Depth (cm) : 46.25
Mandatory Credit : Gift of the Estate of Michael C. Williams
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