Wooden box from Switzerland
310116 BOXES Vallée de Chamounix et le Montblanc. Large painted wooden box for the game at cards. Inside are 4 smaller boxes with painted and varnished lid - they contain bone gambling chips of various shapes and colors - and a small round little dish, also painted and varnished. Joined are 2 handwritten calculation tables for the game of Boston Whist (ink). The playing card compartment is empty. Gouache. 225x287 mm, the small boxes 100x75 mm, the dish 93 mm diameter. Circa 1840.
The large lid shows the valley of Chamonix with a river, presumably the Arve, and a bridge, in the background the Mont Blanc. The small lids with fine views of Zürich, the Uetliberg (“Ütliberg“), Rigi-Kulm (“Righikulm“) and the Tell chapel (“Chapelle de Guill. Tell“). The dish displays a man and a woman from Zürich in traditional costumes. A table is on a folded double sheet of paper, the other has been pasted on cardboard.
Lid of the big box faintly chipped, support of the dish broken (and fixed) in 2 places, defective lock missing the key.
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