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Antique Boxes in English Society
1760 -1900
Sewing  Boxes 
 Sewing Boxes




 Chinese Export Lacquer Sewing  Box decorated with scenes of oriental life  circa 1850.

A Chinese export lacquer sewing box depicting oriental scenes within cartouches  framed in stylized flora.

It measures: 14" wide by 10.4" deep and 6.5" tall (including feet). 

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The design is overall attractive and decorative, but it is rubbed in many places. There are also repairs which show as just black. This is the fate for many lacquer boxes, as the gold tends to rub with age and the lacquer crack and perish.

The factor of condition has been taken into consideration in pricing this object. Fortunately the integrity of the box has not been compromised by attempts at "refreshing" and varnishing.  

The inside is partitioned for sewing tools.

There is a lower drawer with further decoration on the painting/calligraphy surface.

Detail of the drawer decoration typical of the scenes depicted on this box.


The pictures below show all sides. The carrying handles are missing:
For the historical context of this box read the relevant part of Antigone's Online Antique Box Book. If you click here you will go there.

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