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A shaped Regency gadrooned  and brass inlaid Rosewood  box with fitted jewellery tray, circa 1825.

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Reference: Jb 104  

Description:

A box in the sarcophagus form.  The box is veneered in figured rosewood and is inlaid in brass. 

The fluid design of stylised flora is exceptionally fine. The design betrays the influence of the Royal cabinet maker, George Bullock, who introduced elements of naturalism into the neoclassical tradition of the previous decades. The verve with which the tendrils loop and swirl, animate this piece, without diminishing the strength and dignity of the form. This is a spectacular box which encapsulates the best of the Regency era.

 It is most unusual to find a large fitted jewellery box dating from this period. It was customary to have jewellery trays fitted underneath dressing boxes.

  Size: 12.6 x 9 x 6.75 tall (with feet): 32cm x 23cm x 17cm tall.

Circa:1825.  

 

A shaped Regency gadrooned  and brass inlaid Rosewood  box with fitted jewellery tray, circa 1825. Enlarge Picture

Monumental shapes became popular during the early Regency period, as a result of the increased awareness in Europe , of Middle Eastern antique art and architecture. It stands on turned feet.

(See chapter 4 and Figures 66,67,68, 371, 372, 373, 374, 375, in our book Antique Boxes, Tea Caddies, and Society -- 1700--1880, ISBN: 0764316885  Antigone Clarke & Joseph O'Kelly, A Schiffer Book for collectors).

The interior jewellery tray is lined in velvet, edged with finely embossed leather.     

 

Condition: Veneer cracks if closely examined. On the two sides there is a strip of rosewood on the bottom of the panel. These look as if they were added at the time of making the box, (to render the piece of veneer longer) but they could be an early repair?    

 

 

A shaped Regency gadrooned  and brass inlaid Rosewood  box with fitted jewellery tray, circa 1825. Enlarge Picture

It is most unusual to find a large fitted jewellery box dating from this period. It was customary to have jewellery trays fitted underneath dressing boxes.  

 

A shaped Regency gadrooned  and brass inlaid Rosewood  box with fitted jewellery tray, circa 1825. Enlarge Picture

The fluid design of stylised flora is exceptionally fine. The design betrays the influence of the Royal cabinet maker, George Bullock, who introduced elements of naturalism into the neoclassical tradition of the previous decades. The verve with which the tendrils loop and swirl, animate this piece, without diminishing the strength and dignity of the form. 

 

A shaped Regency gadrooned  and brass inlaid Rosewood  box with fitted jewellery tray, circa 1825. Enlarge Picture

 

A shaped Regency gadrooned  and brass inlaid Rosewood  box with fitted jewellery tray, circa 1825. Enlarge Picture

 

A shaped Regency gadrooned  and brass inlaid Rosewood  box with fitted jewellery tray, circa 1825. Enlarge Picture

 

A shaped Regency gadrooned  and brass inlaid Rosewood  box with fitted jewellery tray, circa 1825. Enlarge Picture

 

The interior jewellery tray is lined in velvet, edged with finely embossed leather.     

A shaped Regency gadrooned  and brass inlaid Rosewood  box with fitted jewellery tray, circa 1825. Enlarge Picture

 

A shaped Regency gadrooned  and brass inlaid Rosewood  box with fitted jewellery tray, circa 1825. Enlarge Picture

Detail: The verve with which the tendrils loop and swirl, animate this piece, without diminishing the strength and dignity of the form.

 

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