Antique Handmade Book Box with Interior Portrait

Regular price $50.00

I rarely meet a book-shaped thing I don't like, and this feels like something of an example of not judging a book by its cover! I'm thinking there may once have been a picture of some sort adhered to the outside cover, which shows a bare spot surrounded by red paint now--and perhaps that picture functioned as a sort of counterpart to the portrait print of woman in large plumed hat inside; my guess is that it turned this book box into a c. 1800 French romance! Nicely constructed with gold painted details on the spine and for the pages, and plenty of room inside for stashing secret letters!

7 1/16" x 5 1/4" x 2 1/16" and in good, solid and sound condition.