Chinese Firecracker / Firework decorative box top.
CHINA - FOLK ART)
Hand painted and cut paper and foil label on thick cardboard as issued, 14 x 19 1/2 inches. A beautiful and unusual example of Chinese folk art, this is a hand cut and painted decorative paper and foil box top (top only of the box), produced in China circa 1900. Intricately designed and executed, colorful paper was cut, painted and glued over decorative foil to produce an extraordinarily rich design. The purpose of the labels was to attract the eye and therefore sell the merchandise; so bright colors and auspicious symbols were used, to convey a feeling of festiveness and good fortune. Item #42158