RARE STIREWALT FAMILY, NEW MARKET, SHENANDOAH VALLEY OF VIRGINIA PAINT-DECORATED YELLOW PINE MINIATURE BOX, hinged lid above the dovetailed case, stenciled stem-with-five-leaves decoration to front panel and eight-pointed star decoration to sides, raised on diminutive turned feet. Excellent, original dry polychrome-painted surface to case and feet. Attributed to Jacob and/or John N. Stirewalt, New Market, Virginia. Circa 1830-1850. 7" H, 9 3/4" W, 6" D.
Published: Moore and Goodman, "Painted Boxes and Miniature Chests from Shenandoah County, Virginia: The Stirewalt Group", The Magazine Antiques, September 2007, p. 78, fig. 5, bottom center.
Provenance: Collection of the late John and Lil Palmer, Purcellville, VA.
Purchased from Burt Long Antiques, New Market, VA, 1998.
Catalogue Note: This chest is one of a group attributed to the Stirewalt family of New Market, Shenandoah Co., VA that are all linked by parallels in construction, materials, and decoration. The present box was discovered by Benny and Burt Long at an estate sale in western Rockingham Co., and was missing its lid. The Palmers had the lid replaced.