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Antique Regency Penwork box with gilt handles and feet Circa 1820

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Reference: JB152

Description:
A Regency penwork box decorated with chinoiserie scenes with tapered sides standing on gilt embossed brass feet and having drop ring handles to the sides. Inside there is a replacement velvet lined tray making the box suitable for jewlery and nick knacks.

Origin: UK

Circa: 1820.

Materials: Maple and gilt brass mounts

Size:  29.5cm wide by 21.8cm by 14.4cm:  9.5 inches wide by  8.6inches by 5.7 inches.

Condition: overall good but some rubbing to the decoration. working lock and key

 

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"Penwork" is sometimes referred to as "pen and ink".

The decoration has similarity to the decoration of a tea caddy of the same period. See: www.hygra.com/tc2/tcpendisfam.htm

This box is featured in our book (figure 49 page 31) Antique Boxes, Tea Caddies, and Society, 1700--1880 
Antigone Clarke & Joseph O'Kelly,
ISBN: 0764316885

 

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 The box is decorated all over with penwork with scenes of idealized Indian life featuring figures in gardens with lute playing musicians.

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Detail of one of the embossed brass feet which still retains some of its original gilding.

 

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 The handles are an especially striking design of a star shape made up of alternate bunches of grapes and vine leaves.
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Inside there is a replacement velvet lined tray making the box suitable for jewelry and nick knacks.

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Detail of the top penwork decoration The scenes are particularly whimsical and are and inspire all sorts of captions.

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