The original box is 6 1/2" x 12 1/4" x 9 1/2" and was cataloged as "Possible Somerset County PA, circa 1840. Rectangular form with a sliding lid painted red, white, and blue. The lid decorated with demilune rainbow banding, the sides with potted tulips, chickens and paisley corners, molded base."
It was formerly in the collection of Randolph R. Urich and illustrated in the The Flowering of American Folk Art by Jean Lipman and Alice Winchester (page 251, No. 346).
The estimated auction price was $8,000-$12,000
But this painted, decorated, and incised box sold for a whopping $744,825.00 (includes buyers
premium) at Freeman's sale of the estate of Esther H. Ludwig. The buyer was Woodbury,
Connecticut folk art dealer David Schorsch on the phone bidding for a client. The underbidder was also on the phone. Massachusetts dealer David Wheatcroft, in the room, dropped out of the bidding at $600,000.00.
This information comes from maineantiquedigest.com
I did not know this information when I painted the first box fashioned after this little gem, my friend pointed it out to me after a shop owner turned it away (I wanted to sell it in her shop) after she said it was ugly! Ugly huh? $744,825.00 worth of ugly!
It wasn't until I researched it did I find out how valuable it was.
Now for the finished product, this is how it looks after I distressed and antiqued it. It's ready to be
sent to it's new owner.