While the natural growth of the tree that gave its wood for this bowl is what causes it to have the wonderful heart shape, it is unlikely to be a coincidence that the carver in 1832 chose this specific piece at random. Carving a bowl from a section of trunk with a deformity like this would have taken much more labor and been much easier to fail and split. A country artisan in 19th century Sweden chose the difficult route, perhaps intending to make a present for a loved one, and that is what gives us this wonderful piece today. The bowl is in good condition, has a lovely burl to the wood, as well as a painted leaf and floral design around the rim. It is initialed on the bottom and dated 1832.