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Antique Rosewood Box with Brass and Ebony Border by Batley of London c.1820. 

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Reference: JB 163

Description: Antique Rosewood Box with Brass and Ebony Borders veneered in saw cut rosewood veneer and framed in a stylized inlaid border of ebony and brass; this box is characteristic of the elegant high quality of the Regency style.

It was made by the firm of Batley, who worked in Holborn, London, an area of bespoke cabinet makers. 

Origin: English

Circa: 1820

Materials: Rosewood, brass and ebony on mahogany.

Size:  35.5 cm wide by 24 cm by 16 cm: 14  inches wide by 9.5 inches by  6.3 inches.

Condition: Cracking on top and small repairs to inlay and veneer. Overall good. Working lock and key.

 

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A detail of the corner. The brass provides protection as well as a pleasing design which provides a striking contrast to the dark wood.  

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The back flap is covered in the original maroon leather which is embossed with an intricate pattern in gold. The tray has been relined in velvet.

 

 Detail of the very fine double      embossing. The outer line is in gold, the inner line with no colour.

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 There is a deep space under the tray.
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 Tray and space.

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 The Maker's label.

 

 The top flap folds down revealing an "envelope" compartment.
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 Side view. There are handles in brass which fold flat with the box. This in another feature of early 19th century boxes. The handles are finished elegantly, the ends pointed and dotted. 

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The top showing the cracking but also the strong swirling figure of the rosewood.

 

 Central plaque.
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 Top corner.
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 Front view. The pattern is controlled so that it is symmetrical and fits the frame of the box. 

 

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 Side view of handle in the fold-in position.

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 The box has good strong hinges.
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 Other side.

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