Following on from yesterday's vignette, I thought I would show you the little box close-up - photographed in the daylight. This tiny box measures twelve centimetres by four centimetres and is about three centimetres in depth. It is made a thick card and then hand-painted. It has tiny hinges to open and close it - and the inside is just as beautiful as the outside.
The lid has a pastoral scene of trees hand painted in delicate greens. Inside the lid is the quotation from WH Davies - What is this life if full of care, we have no time to stand and stare? There are also three tiny sheep grazing. Then in the bottom of the box are three brown and white cows - all so beautifully painted. The edge of the lid has a border of grazing sheep - when I tell you that there are twenty five of them round the lid you will realise how small they are.
I am an admirer of exquisite workmanship in whatever field and this is so well done.
It was made and painted by Catriona Stewart in 1989. I have looked her up in Google but it is quite a common name and there are too many entries to pick her out, so whether she is still making these lovely boxes I don't know. If anyone out there has come across her work I would love to have details. In the meantime just enjoy the beauty of her workmanship.