|Unusual Tunbridge style box veneered in birdseye maple with tulipwood crossbanding and end grain moulded edge, the box features inlays of butterflies, dogs and a central view of a gentleman and his horse on the top of the box. The interior is lined in cream silk.|
Although the box is undoubtably reminiscent of English Tunbridge Ware, there are two key factors which point to the box being of French origin. Firstly, its lock and hinges are french. Secondly, there are traces of a stamp on the lid's underside, vaguely reading "St Petersbourg". France had a heavy influence on St Petersburg in Russia, the Russian nobility and ruling classes admiring all things French. Peter the Great employed French architects, engineers and artists to assist in the creation of the city. Catherine the Great invited French sculptors and designers to her court. The upper classes adopted French as a second language, and looked to France for its luxury good and fashion, with Paris becoming their favourite holiday destination.
|Lot ID: 413|
|Low Estimate: GBP 500|
|High Estimate: GBP 750|
|Next Bid: GBP 250|
|Sale ID: 1|
|Sale Date: July 14, 2016|
|Sale Location: Virtual Live Auction|
|Sale Sponsor: British Antique Dealers Association|
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|Location of Origin: Various|
|Medium/Materials: wood, silk|
|Dimensions: Width 11.75 in (29.84 cm) Depth 7.50 in (19.05 cm) Height 4 in (10.16 cm)|
|Primary Classification: Antiques, Decorative Arts and Furniture : Decorative Works of Art : Boxes / Trunks|
|Tunbridge Ware items originate from the beautiful spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent. We always have a very good selection which showcase the techniques of tessellated mosaic, stickware, perspective cube mosaic, vandyke and painted pen work.|
Tunbridge Wells and Tunbridge in Kent, England became popular in the 17th Century for their therapeutic waters. By the 18th century Tunbridge Wells was a hugely popular Spa resort. Shops and stalls were set up to sell local work of distinction to visitors as souvenirs. Many of the original boxes were decorated with all sorts of different kinds of designs.
Many of the Tunbridge boxes had a central image with views of castles, churches, pavilions, animals, country scenes and sometimes people, such as the Young Prince of Wales. These were surrounded by a variety of bandings and panels of floral and geometric designs.
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