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Antique Rosewood Box Inlaid with Mother of Pearl, Abalone and Metal in the French Taste.

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Reference: JB 158

Description:
A mid Victorian rosewood box inlaid with mother of pearl, abalone, and metal, depicting flowers, having a velvet lined liftout tray and wallet for letters.

Origin: UK

Circa: 1860

Materials: Rosewood, mother of pearl abalone.

Size: 30.5 cm wide by 22.5 cm by 12.5 cm:  12 inches wide by  8.9 inches by  4.9 inches.

Condition: overall good; working lock and key; the liftout tray is a replacement.

 

A mid Victorian rosewood box inlaid with mother of pearl, abalone, and metal, depicting flowers, having a velvet lined liftout tray and wallet for letters. Enlarge Picture

The thick saw-cut highly figured rosewood is inlaid with contrasting mother of pearl abalone copper and brass. 

The box is edged with filets of solid rosewood which have been gently rounded

 

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Detail: The inlay in the top features an inlay of birds with a fountain. The natural colors and graining of the shell, both mother of pearl and abalone. have been used to give the composition life. 

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The small pieces of mother of pearl would have been cut out with  jewelers piercing saw. Recesses are then cut in the rosewood to take the inlay elements.

This type of work was influenced by the French use of shell and metal in inlay. 

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 The thick saw-cut highly figured rosewood is inlaid with contrasting mother of pearl abalone copper and brass.

The composition of the top is exquisite. In the centre there is a formal display depicting bouquet of flowers and foliage. 

 

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