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Antique Amboyna veneered and inlaid with mother of pearl and abalone box Circa 1890.

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Description:
JB307: Antique, late 19th c. box, with the top curved veneered with amboyna, and inlaid with parquetry, and having an escutcheon and central inlay to the top depicting a compass point star in contrasting mother of pearl and abalone. Inside, the box has a replacement liftout tray lined with velvet and suitable for jewelry and knickknacks.  Circa 1890.

Origin: UK

Circa: 1890

Size: 30cm wide by 22cm by 14cm:  11.8 inches wide by  8.7 inches by  5.5 inches.

Condition: Very good overall. Working lock and key. See images.

 

JB307: Antique, late 19th c. box, with the top curved veneered with amboyna, and inlaid with parquetry, and having an escutcheon and central inlay to the top depicting a compass point star in contrasting mother of pearl and abalone. Inside, the box has a replacement liftout tray lined with velvet and suitable for jewelry and knickknacks.  Circa 1890. Enlarge Picture

 

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Inside, the box there is a replacement liftout tray lined with velvet and suitable for jewelry and knickknacks. 

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The central panel of amboyna is framed by an inlaid strip of light and dark woods. The central strip, cut on a slant and joined in "herringbone" is in tulip-wood.  

This is an elaborate inlay to create: it uses light and dark woods in contrast. there are two elements in the central pattern: quartered, to get a natural light dark pattern,  tulip wood lined on each side with a light colored wood such as maple, holly, or hornbeam. It is the same wood used in the next element. I think it is maple/ sycamore. The central element is a hexagon.  A figure of six sides. Somehow the pattern is approached by triangular form elements and lines of contrasting dark wood. we have a square! An early version of favicon these little pics which connect us to our "favorites" and flag websites, in computer memory.

It connects a six to an eight, in a form that the eye accepts, and the brain furls in puzzlement.   

 

Amboyna is a burr wood. the little dark points are all potentials of growth. Branches waiting  to be given a chance to grow. 

 

 

The top is inlaid with a dramatic version of a six pointed star in contrasting variegated green blue abalone shell and iridescent mother of pearl.   

Compass points, as a design are built on both eight and six.

The eight gives rise to √2. root 2. The six is developed on triangles of 60 degrees. 

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