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Late 19th century, faux grain carved with applied grape vine carvings, removable lid, rectangular tapered box with a needlepoint oval floral panel, the sides and back finished with relief carvings, flush base, unmarked.
23 x 23.5 x 17 in.From the Collection of the late Sterling Boyd, Raleigh, North Carolina
Sterling Boyd was a consummate collector and Southern gentleman. Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, he studied art history at Sewanee: The University of the South, Oberlin College, and received his doctorate from Princeton University. He shared his enthusiasm for the fine arts through positions at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond and the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. Boyd also taught and mentored future art historians at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, and later headed the art department at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. Following his academic and museum careers, Sterling Boyd channeled his talents for interior design and decoration. His Raleigh apartment was a cabinet of curiosities, each item carefully collected from his world travels and perfectly placed in his jewel box of a home.
Later bronze handle to lid; later needlepoint; the case with scuffs to the edges; the lid likely originally hinged.