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Click to send email request for current list with prices 753SB: An Anglo Indian Vizagapatam radiating faded black buffalo  horn of dramatic curved shape Circa 1835 660SB: Antique Fully fitted ebony Sewing box with mother of pearl, abalone, brass and Parkesine inlay Circa 1860 693JB: Antique Shaped Tunbrige Ware box with Stickware Parquetry inlay circa 1820 524SB: Antique fully fitted Regency brass inlayed figured rosewood sewing box with original tools 1815 488SB: Antique Fully fitted sewing box  inlayed with mother of pearl circa 1825. 855SB: Antique Flame Mahogany Sewing Box With Lift-out Tray Circa 1800   Fully Fitted Coromandel Sewing Box by Parkins and Gotto Circa 1860 Antique Fully Fitted Rosewood Sewing Box by R. Dalton with Mother of Pearl Inlay Circa 1830 
851CAB: Antique William IV fully fitted rosewood table cabinet of architectural form  with secret opening Circa 1835 Rare Antique Regency Polychromed fitted sewing box with depictions of Oriental life Circa 1815 Antique box in the sarcophagus form. The box is veneered in figured rosewood and is inlaid in brass depicting stylized flora. The fluid design of stylised flora is exceptionally fine. This is a spectacular box which encapsulates the best of the Regency era. The box stands on turned rosewood feet and has brass lion head drop ring handles. The centre panel of the top is framed with gadrooning as is the pediment adding the architectural impact. The box has a lift out tray which has been relined . Circa 1825.   737SB: Anglo-Indian, Vizagapatam, box in the form of a basket, the wooden frame covered in porcupine quills, framed in ivory which is incised and decorated in black lacquer, with a horn handle. It stands on turned horn feet. Circa 1850.     740SB: A very rare octagonal Georgian sewing box in harewood with crossbandings in various woods, ovals in burr yew, kingwood and book matched burr wood and inlays of fine leaves and dots. The top is decorated with a hand coloured print of a classical scene and framed in shaded maple, in the form of inlaid rippled ribbon. The whole orchestration of the decoration is rooted in the neoclassical tradition of the late 18th-early19th century and it is one of the finest examples of the genre. The interior contains a wealth of finely turned original sewing tools in the original tray and pieces of its two hundred year old sewing history. This box is an early example of Tunbridge ware, when the work made in the area was more in keeping with the general taste of the country and not particular to the area. There are however pointers to the work specific to the area, such as the subtle use of particularly beautiful small pieces of wood, finely turned wooden tools, the inlay of pointed leaves and dots and the painting of lines on turned pieces. The paper is also typical, although not exclusive to Tunbridge ware boxes.   Circa 1800.   732SB: Early Victorian rosewood and mother of pearl inlaid box with a sewing tray covered in the original printed paper and blue silk, with compartments for threads and sewing tools, circa 1850.   743SB: Anglo-Indian (Vizagapatam) box in wood covered in horn, of sarcophagus form, with a segmented radiating  top culminating in a turned and carved floral finial. An Indian interpretation of English Regency aesthetic. This is a small box which shows absolute mastery of design. Circa 1840.        691SBCAB: An impeccably made,  high quality, William IV, fully fitted, figured rosewood,  table cabinet of architectural form, profusely  inlaid with mother of pearl depicting stylized flowers on the top,  and on the doors depiction of perched birds of prey.  
 The top compartment, which is all original with canary yellow silk is fitted for sewing;  it  retains its period mother of pearl topped spools and tools. 692JB: A magnificent Penwork table cabinet bearing the label of R.Ackermann’s, the only labelled example of this iconic repository’s work we have ever seen. It is decorated with classical scenes, romantic views and stylised flora. It opens up to three long and two short drawers, the whole interior decorated in a similar manner. The quality of the painting is of exceptionally high standard both in execution and composition. Although within the traditions of the genre of neoclassicism, this is a work of art which transcends convention by its sheer energy and exuberance redolent of ancient classical art. Circa 1810.         Rare Penwork table cabinet with curved Regency shape. The penwork depicts exquisite chinoiserie scenes of figures in the fantastical gardens of Cathay. The compartmentalized interior was fitted for jewelry in the 19th Century. The hinged doors open to four drawers with turned bone handles. The upper part was originally fitted for sewing. The divisions retain their original pink lining paper. The domed top and flared skirted base are unusual. A superb piece of its period. Circa 1820  A monumental coromandel ebony compendium table cabinet of architectural form having turned and carved feet and handles. It is profusely inlaid to the top and front with mother of pearl.
 The compendium is the personal space for the owner and has a fully fitted sewing tray complete with its original filigree silver and bone thread spools and other tools, There are two drawers for jewelry, and a folding writing box.   Antique Regency shaped fully fitted rosewood sewing box the outside decorated with diamond faceted steel work decoration.  The inside is finished in blue paper and silk. The lid is lined with ruched silk framed by a plain border. There is a  document wallet behind. The compartmentalized  lift out tray has  four supplementary lids  covered in brocaded silk with decorative pulls.    The edges and partitions are  accented with cast pewter bead work.  The box has original period  steel and  embossed  and  chased silver sewing tools. These include  scissors with  sheath, stiletto, a combined wax-spoon and tweezers, a pin cushion in the form of  a wicker basket tape-measure and thimble. Circa 1810.    Antique flame mahogany sewing box with lift-out  compartmentalized tray fitted with silk winders and further spaces for thread reels. The tray is made from straight grained pine. The inside of the lid is lined with blue silk. There are brass escutcheons to the top and front. Circa 1830. 739JB:A large mahogany and satinwood box of elegant proportions cross-banded in kingwood, which is defined by fine stringing in boxwood and ebony. It has its original compartmented wooden tray. It bears the label of Michael Butler of Dublin. This firm made furniture and also dealt in antiques. 19th C. 747SBJB: Shaped Regency penwork box decorated with stylised flowers and Chinoiserie scenes, depicting figures in exotic landscapes; some of the figures are European and some Oriental. It stands on period embossed gilded brass feet and also has period embossed brass ring handles. The original tray has been recovered.  Circa 1820. 638SB: Delightful Regency fitted sewing box decorated with erudite Chinoiserie images  opening to a  compartmentalized lift out tray .  The  artist who painted the box seems to have an understanding of the symbolism and  style of Chinese Export lacquer. On the  convex sides are depictions of feathery willows. The raised painting on the top depicts figures in a garden. The  box has embossed gilded pressed brass drop ring handles and ball feet.  These are typical of the Regency , Circa 1815.   Click to send email request for current list with prices    SB474: A very fine Chinese export lacquer sewing box of complex curved octagonal form, with fine decoration of oriental scenes framed within cartouches standing on gilded bat feet. The background is filled with diaper designs of stylized flora. Inside there is a lift out tray with supplementary lids and   sewing tools  made of turned and carved ivory.   The box has gilded side handles and hinges. Circa  1835.   SB440: A rosewood veneered Tunbridge ware Sewing box, the slightly domed top inlayed with a display of roses depicted in micro mosaic, framed by a wide banding of Berlin wool-work in micro mosaic and bandings of contrasting light and dark wood; there is a further banding of Berlin wool work design encircling the box which has concave sides. The inside retains its original liftout tray which is lined with its original paper. Inside the lid is lined in red silk. circa 1850    SB498: An early 19th Century  fully fitted Chinese export lacquer combined sewing and writing box of rectangular form opening to a fully fitted sewing tray with turned and carved ivory tools and having a drawer fitted for writing. Circa 1800.      SB536: A sandalwood basket veneered in horn and ivory. Although such baskets were a popular Vizagapatam design, this one is very unusual in that it combines both solid ivory panels incised and lac filled in traditional plant motifs and fretted ivory work. Furthermore, the central cartouches are engraved with representations of Indian deities and not floral designs which was the normal decoration on such baskets. It stands on lion paw feet. The handle is decorated with scrolling flowers in characteristic fashion. Circa 1870.    SB101: An artist painted Papier mâchè sewing box having its original fully fitted tray with  Dieppe  turned and carved  spools and sewing tools. Circa 1820.   An artist painted Papier mâchè  sewing box of rectangular form having its original fully fitted tray with mother of pearl turned and carved  spools and sewing tools. Circa 1835.
   SB103: An Exquisite  yellow paper and gilt foil miniature fitted  sewing box. The bright yellow is typical of  early 19th century  taste. The needle cases are in the form of miniature books two titled   and two titled vol. Circa 1800.   SB421: Anglo Indian basket form box veneered with ebony and inlaid with Sadeli mosaic having an ebony handle and standing on turned ebony feet the inside lined with sandalwood. circa 1840.    A shaped Scottish sewing box made from sycamore decorated with transfer decoration of different views. 
The views are romantic visions of the countryside. The interior is partitioned for sewing tools with a lidded central compartment decorated with yet another picture. Second quarter 19th century.     SB121: A rare fully fitted tortoiseshell sewing box of rectangular form and shaped top by Thomas Lund of Cornhill, having ivory facings, silvered hinges and lock, mother of pearl escutcheon and name plate engraved    Sb 107: Rare late 18th century inlaid maple fitted sewing box decorated with a hand colored print depicting Autumn and having original turned wooden tools and thread barrels.   SB425:  Sewing box with  Japanned, raised and polychromed decoration on this sewing box depicting  a truly golden vision of Cathay. Figures relax in a garden with a distant rock in the background and the ho-ho bird above. This is a relatively late example of such work and it does not have an overall varnish. Note how the gold and the colors have remained brighter than in earlier examples. Circa 1820.     SB114: Antique sewing box veneered with mahogany, the top having a central panel of darker color framed by a mitered border of lighter color and contrasting figure, the inside being fitted for sewing with compartments for thread. Circa 1800.    SB524: Rosewood and brass inlaid sewing box in high Regency style circa 1815.
 A box veneered in beautifully figured rosewood and inlaid with brass. The design of the inlay is of highly stylized flora, suggesting neoclassical designs hinting at trefoil motifs. The juxtaposition of dark wood with bold brass inlay was popular in the early part of the 19th century. The wood and the bright brass were mutually enhancing. The box retains its original  fully fitted tray covered in yellow paper with gold embossed supplementary lids. There is a set of  eight turned and carved vegetable ivory  spools.   Click to send email request for current list with prices    Antique  Fully Fitted Sewing  Box in Coromandel Ebony by Turrill of London,  circa 1840. 
The interior is fully fitted with a lift out tray containing a set of turned and carved mother of pearl spools with bone screw on shafts. The box is of very good quality.     Chinese Export Lacquer Sewing  Box decorated with scenes of oriental life  circa 1850.   SB487: Antique  figured rosewood sewing box the top panel and base  framed by gadrooning, inlaid with mother of pearl to the top and front having turned rosewood drop-ring handles and standing on  turned bun  feet. Inside the lid is lined with  cream silk and paper. Inside the lid there is a mirror framed by gold embossed leather with a document wallet behind The box has a liftout tray with supplementary lids covered in silk. Circa 1830.   Sb112: Rare important early 18th Century Venetian box with fielded panels decorated with  lacca povera depicting Chinoiserie fantasies, framed with gilt-wood; the inside of the box has a later (early 19th century English) tray, covered in green silk fitted for sewing, circa 1730.   SB452: Rosewood veneered box with stylized brass and shell decoration circa 1870. 
 This is an unusual box which combines a small writing box with a sewing tray. The engraved brass, mother-of-pearl and abalone decoration is fluid but stylized, combining the formality of neoclassicism with the naturalism of the Victorian era. The tray and the ‘envelope’ compartment are original and hardly worn. The framing on the ruched surface is gold embossed. Working lock and key.    SB108: Victorian fully fitted coromandel sewing box of architectural shape inlaid with mother of pearl abalone and metal, with turned handles and feet. circa 1845.   SB453: Satinwood and rosewood box veneered in stripes circa 1840. This is a fully fitted sewing box which oozes quiet elegance. The stripes emphasise the contrasting colours and varied figures of the two special timbers which cover the top and front. The box is edged in rounded ebony giving the form a neat and defining line. The tray also is edged in ebony, an unusual detail which contributes both to beauty and resistance to wear. The blue silk is original and so is the ‘envelope’ under the lid. There is a set of seven hand made mother of pearl spools with metal shafts. This form of spool became fashionable in the 1830s when mercerised thread became increasingly more available. The tray also contains other mother of pearl and steel sewing tools.   SB454: Mahogany and brass bound sewing box circa 1820
 This is a most unusual early sewing box, both strong and robust. The high quality of the structure suggests that it was made to withstand travel as well as sit in elegant drawing rooms. The mahogany is edged in squared brass all around and bears flat-folding side handles. The original interior is lined in red textured leather. The tray is in keeping with the exterior and is structured for strength. The ‘envelope’ is most unusual and opens with a silver catch. Some bending on bottom brass suggesting that the box did travel! Working Bramah lock and key.    SB 493: A rare Georgian sewing box of rectangular form  edged with maple the top having a hand colored print depicting cherubs and framed with mitered purfling having a lift-out tray still retaining turned Tunbridge ware whitewood sewing tools. Circa 1800.      SB492: An impressive sewing box veneered in saw cut highly figured coromandel, fitted with mother of pearl sewing tools.  Circa 1835.    A sandalwood  box of basket form veneered with porcupine quills framed with incised and lac filled ivory having a horn handle and standing on turned horn feet. Anglo Indian Vizagapatam circa 1850.    Click to send email request for current list with prices SB682: Antique inlaid figured walnut box with domed top opening to a ruched satin lined lid and a compartmentalized lift-out tray  fitted for sewing with supplementary lids Circa 1870.     SB525: A rare early Regency  shaped  fully fitted brass inlaid figured rosewood sewing box retaining its carved and turned ivory spools and other sewing tools.  The form is typical of the early Regency: perfectly proportioned drawing its inspiration from ancient architectural structures. It has turned gadrooning drop ring  handles and feet. The box retains its original  fully fitted tray covered in yellow paper with gold embossed supplementary lids. Circa 1815.   large Chinese export lacquer Chinese sewing box, decorated all over with scenes of oriental figures in gardens in raised gilded lacquer. Circa 1840.         JB 193: A Regency kingwood veneered box of pure neoclassical form. The gilded applied escutcheons and handle are influenced by French work. The inside is lined with velvet pads (new) which are not glued so as to preserve the original red paper lining. The box has a separately lockable drawer, using the same key. circa 1810     A rare Regency rosewood metamorphic writing/sewing box with brass edging and inlay, opening up to form a chest of drawers above a writing slope complete with inkwells and sewing tools. Circa 1810.  A bombe shaped box, the main body veneered in rosewood, the top in parquetry. This box is an excellent example of early nineteenth century Tunbridge ware work. During the first decades of the nineteenth century, Tunbridge ware developed a distinctive style, which utilised the beauty of the different woods, both local and imported, available to the makers working in the area of Tunbridge Wells in  Kent. By careful juxtaposition of figure, cut, colour and even peculiarity, such as a fungal attack, the artist/craftsmen, celebrated the richness of the natural world by displaying it on impeccably structured boxes. Circa 1815 Click to send email request for current list with prices 

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