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Antique Rare Partridgewood writing box with inlaid banding and decorated with a hand coloured engraving Circa 1800

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Description:

Ref: WB109 http://www.hygra.com/uk/n11/WB109 
An early 19th century partridgewood writing box with inlaid banding and decorated with a hand coloured engraving depicting a winged Victory ahead of a Classical laurelled hero riding in his chariot. The box has side carrying handles a drawer, inner velvet writing surface and places for writing materials and accessories.
Origin: United Kingdom;  Circa: 1800; Materials: Partridge wood and inlay on a pine carcass.

Size: 34.5cm by 31cm by 17cm: 13.6 inches by 12.2 inches by 6.7 inches.

Condition: good overall; wear to print; some paper lining replaced, working lock and key; see images

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See also:

A Rosewood Writing Slope circa 1790.

Rare Regency Rosewood and Penwork Box Circa 1810

Rare Georgian sewing box with cherub print and turned Tunbridge ware sewing tools Circa 1800

A writing box of similar form is illustrated at figure 20 of Antique Boxes, Tea Caddies, and Society, 1700--1880
Antigone Clarke & Joseph O'Kelly,
ISBN: 0764316885

 

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Designs of romanticized classical mythological subjects were designed by Princess Elizabeth (1770-1840), daughter of George III. See: www.thepeerage.com/
p10086.htm#i100857

Some of Princess Elizabeth's work can be seen in the Royal Collection at Frogmore House.

 

Princess Elizabeth's designs were engraved by notable engravers such as H. Thielcke (1813)and W.N. Gardiner (1804) and printed by W. Bulmer & Co., London.

 

 

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Detail of the inlaid binding. The distinctive grain of the wood is like the breast of a partridge, hence the wood is called partridgewood.

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The tray for ink and pens lifts out.

 

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 The drawer is lined with its original paper.  pen tray has been partially relined to match.

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The box has a Side drawer for storing paper. the drawer has a drop handle in  Sheffield plate. 

 

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 The box has side carrying handles. This form of handle was used on some writing boxes between 1780 and 1810. After that date countersunk handle is more usual.

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There is a crack in the back which has been consolidated.

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The bottom is still covered in its original marbled paper. Note the mitered facing.

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A writing box of similar form is illustrated at figure 20 of Antique Boxes, Tea Caddies, and Society, 1700--1880
Antigone Clarke & Joseph O'Kelly,
ISBN: 0764316885

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