FLORENTINE ITALIAN TOLE WOOD BOX HAND PAINTED FACIAL TISSUE DISPENSER. Italian Florentine Hand Painted Vintage Wooden Hinged Facial Tissue Dispenser Vanity Accessories Box. The Florentine boxes were made after WWII by various artists. It is possibly balsa wood as it is very light-weight. The box is painted in light blue, cream, and gold gilt colors.
There are no markings, hallmark or signature. The detailing shows incised carving of scroll work, ribbons, floral and geometric patterns on the borders.
The vine shape gold gilt motifs frame each side of the top blue border around the dispenser opening. When I first got this piece, it showed signs of paint loss, revealing a white base coat and light colored wood. The patina is that which is associated with this type of decorative ware. The exterior dimensions of the box are 11 inches wide, 5 5/8 inches deep, and 2 ½ inches tall. The interior dimensions of both the top and bottom are 10 1/4 inches long, 4 7/8 inches wide, and about 2 1/8 inches deep total.
It weighs about 12 ounces. The hinge appears to be made out of 2 wires or staples. When closed, the lid sits loosely over the bottom and is slightly off a little. The lid corners are somewhat rounded or tapered down on the corners in the shape of a chest.There is some dark discoloration as shown in the photos. I have not attempted to remove discoloration as it may damage the patina. I used it as a vanity accessory with facial tissues in it for years. It is time for it to go to a new home.. Any vintage item might show signs of age and may have been previously used.
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The item "FLORENTINE ITALIAN TOLE WOOD BOX HAND PAINTED FACIAL TISSUE DISPENSER VTG" is in sale since Saturday, June 22, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Decorative Collectibles\Trinket Boxes". The seller is "mizpoo" and is located in Houston, Texas. This item can be shipped to United States.