box in typical Regency form, veneered in rosewood and inlaid with a
marquetry of brass and darker rosewood. There are original carrying
handles in the form of lion masks on the two sides. This is another
Regency feature derived from ancient classical forms. The early
nineteenth century was a time of great archaeological discovery
which was reflected in the aesthetic trends of the time.
9.25” x 7.25”, 4.8” tall. 23.6cm x 19.8cm, 12cm tall (on feet).
interior is lined in silk, leather and paper, in typical Regency
pink. The silk on the lift out tray is a later replacement, although
a very good colour match to the original back silk.
The back cover
flops down to reveal a writing surface and envelope.
See chapter 4. This piece is figure 425 in
our book Antique
Boxes, Tea Caddies, and Society -- 1700--1880, ISBN:
0764316885 Antigone Clarke & Joseph O'Kelly, A
Schiffer Book for collectors).