Vintage Noir Style Macabre Storytelling Curio Box Wall Hanging The Rat

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Vintage Noir Style Macabre Storytelling Curio Box Wall Hanging The Rat


Let your eyes dance around this piece that's like reading a gumshoe novel! Mildly macabre diorama within a lidded tin box creates unique small wall art that tells a tale of wrongdoing alluding either to a husband or mobster of the old Mafia who's a cheater... a dirty rat snitch! The paper collage & vintage plastic figures rest inside a vintage Fossil Brand watch tin, which is attached to an artfully distressed wood board. The door/lid of the box does move but doesn't close all of the way. There's a sawtooth hanger for easy wall mounting and protective bumpers on the back.
Work title: The Rat
Artist: Tree Pruitt
Size: approx. 8" x 5" (dimensions vary slightly)
Medium: Assemblage curio box
Year: 2015/16
The background of the left-hand side of the box is made of the paper image of a skeleton in a grave, the eye of a woman, and a peacock. There's also a wee wooden rat figure and a little green inchworm. The words and phrases on that side read as follows...
dangerous liaisons
The dirty rat got what he deserved!
Her Husband's Secret
You don't say
Mem'ry vanishing creme (vintage label) Gordon, Gordon Chicago

The right-hand side has a game card with the letter "Y", as question really, for the main background. There's the circa 1920's paper face of a man and a grey plastic rat at the top. Wood games pieces, angels and a Baby New Year figure kicking the bucket express perhaps the death of what seemed new; The red wound looking spot on the dolls head is a manufacturing defect that works in our favor! Under that is a paper image of a dapper man in a coffin Reinforcing the theme of a rat is a genuine jaw bone with some rat teeth intact, and at the bottom of the piece is another painted wood rat. A little blonde girl in a pink dress sits mournfully holding a golden urn while red-topped ceramic mushrooms surround her. The words and phrases on that side read as follows...
"It's too beautiful," I blurted out as I beheld the black gown.
under wraps
What They Think, Feel, and Hide

Thank you for taking the time to read and look. Please feel free to ask any questions that you may have. I hope you enjoyed your visit to my shop!

Product Attributes

Primary Material: Found Objects

Size: 8" x 5"

Color: Black

Style: Vintage Style

Theme: Noir

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TheWiresEdge on Nov 9, 2009
5 stars

I love this card! Great work!

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