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




Antique Fitted Sewing  Box in Rosewood  inlaid with Mother of Pearl Circa 1830.


Antique fitted Brazilian rosewood sewing box the top panel framed by turned gadrooning and inlaid with mother of pearl to the top and front having turned rosewood drop-ring handles and standing on  turned bun  feet.


Veneered in rosewood and inlaid in mother of pearl, a material used in the later part of the Regency period. To be more precise we are moving into the era of George IV and William IV. The form is in the established Egyptian inspired tradition. 

What is particularly interesting about the decoration, is that it is directly influenced by Egyptian visual tradition. 

 Circa 1830.

It measures:12" wide  by 8.75" and 6.6" tall including feet. 

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The fine ornament is formed by two symmetrical and identical parts which are given a sharply upward and a precisely angled outward direction.
Detail showing the drop ring handle. These are fragile(!) it is not a good idea to use them to actually carry or lift the box.

Note the fine detail of the mother of pearl inlay.

The box retains its original inside with lift out tray which does show signs of use.

The tray is fitted with turned bone spools and thread winders.



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The spools are of particular workmanship attributable to Dieppe carvers and turners who were at the time working in England. 

There are slight variations on the top carving all within the Dieppe tradition. Spools of this type are rare.

Note the brown speckling which distinguishes this as bone.

The lid of the box has a ruched silk cover framed by gold embossed leather. It opens down as shown.

Detail showing the classical anthemion and palmette motifs in the gold embossing. 

The striations in the rosewood are dramatic and distinguish it as Brazilian Rosewood.

Inside the box there are some other sewing items including this fine bead-work needle case.
There are two old repairs to the veneer at the back.
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.

We have written a highly  illustrated book on Antique Boxes and Tea caddies  which is being  published by  Schiffer Books USA. 

  © 2002 Antigone Clarke and Joseph O'Kelly