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A Northern European Lady Justice Carved and Painted Birch Hanging Valuables Box, likely Scandinavian, Dated 1815

with shelf and fitted spoon rack to interior.

Height 16 x width 15 1/4 x depth 6 1/2 inches.

Provenance:
The Mixx Design Centre, Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Lady Justice, with her sword and scales as depicted on the door of this cupboard, is a common theme throughout Europe and the Americas.  We can find no similar depictions on European hanging cupboards and can only speculate as to its original use. 

Provenance:Property from the Collection of Paul M. Bentley, Oostburg, WI

Paul Bentley was a lifelong collector of idiosyncratic Americana and folk art, who, along with his wife Judith, built a one-of-a-kind collection which they installed in their equally interesting home. Nestled on the western shore of Lake Michigan and designed by renowned Chicago architect Margaret McCurry, the home was nicknamed “The Crayola House.”

During the planning stages, Paul wrote an essay for McCurry about the life of a retired ship captain. The essay was prompted by Paul’s encyclopedic knowledge of pirate history and his 30 years diving Lake Michigan shipwrecks, especially as a volunteer with the Wisconsin Historical Society Underwater Archaeology team. It sparked the architect’s imagination and ultimately inspired the design for the one-of-a-kind home.

Paul’s impressive collection of American folk art includes carved wood figures, carnival toys, a Popeye riding toy, trade figures and signs, and several other rare and unusual examples. His life was full of exploration and curiosity, which is so clearly represented in the objects he acquired.

Condition:

Paint appears to be original, though rubbed and cleaned in areas to enhance the carving and date.  

Estimate: $600 - $800
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$2,304
03/09/2021

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