Pyrography, or "writing with fire," is the age old technique of utilizing heated instruments, such as pokers, to create free handed art on wood or other materials.
Commonly used by the Ancient Egyptians and during the Han Dynasty in China, pyrography rose to its height of popularity during the Victorian era, thanks to the invention of the pyrography machine.
The popularity and passion for the craft continued well into the early 20th century when a number of Art Nouveau pyrography glove and dresser boxes, such as this one, were made.
This wonderful wooden catch-all box truly is a one-of-a-kind work of art. Whoever the artisan was who made this piece was incredibly talented!
Burned into the outside and the inside of the lid are portraits of two gorgeous decadently dressed Art Nouveau women. They are perfectly framed with a lattice crosshatch pattern. This box is unusual in that it has two doors instead of one. Perfect for laying flat on a table or even mounting to a wall.
Date: 1910s Materials: Wood, Metal Measurements: 9 3/4" x 9 1/2" x 1" Markings: None Condition: Very Good There is one small crack at the back where there is a nail. Hinges are in perfect working order. There is a gap in the wood at the back but it looks intentional and not damaged.