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19th Century Scottish Vernacular 'folk Art' Thistle Fretwork Spoon & Candle Box (1 of 36)
W&W Antiques
Flag of United KingdomMoray (Elginshire), UK
Based in stunning Speyside, Moray, Scotland, we (Mr & Mrs W) are passionate about quality antique items with great design and evident craft, predominantly from the 18th, 19th and early 20th century. In particular, we enjoy period items reflecting the beautiful design and aesthetic changes from the decorative arts, from circa 1850 - 1960. Including the Aesthetic Movement, Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts Movement (In particular of Scottish origin), Modernism, Art Deco and Streamlining. We also enjoy the great craft and quality construction in folk art and vernacular items from across Europe. In particular, Scandinavian decorative items from the 18th and 19th Century. We enjoy being analytical in our approach and supporting our stock with background research, provenance and history through researching the items, the period, designers and retailers. We often hunt the country from our Scottish location, but routinely search from Lancashire and Yorkshire as well as buying trips further afield to supply items online. We also like to take on items that particularly interest us from earlier periods, dependent on our fascination for an object. We are always learning, and happy to share knowledge gained, so please do get in touch. Thanks for viewing our selection of stock, we are always pleased to see items pass through our hands to new owners and homes as antiques remain a great green recyclable purchase! Please visit us at: https://www.wandwantiques.com/ Please follow us on: https://www.instagram.com/wandw_antiques/
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19th Century Scottish Vernacular 'folk Art' Thistle Fretwork Spoon & Candle Box

REF: 3029 - 130721 / LA358496
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Description
For sale is a beautiful and genuinely rare highly decorative Scottish vernacular spoon and candle box from the late 19th Century to Early 20th Century circa 1880-1911. - This special spoon box is from North East Scotland, Morayshire, at Keith with ownership provenance shown in the images from a medical insurance card being wedged down the back of the draws from circa 1911. - These spoon and candle boxes are amongst the most decorative items of Scottish furniture with elaborate pierced motifs. - This free standing box sits on four brass bun feet with three small sliding reeded draws above with porcelain drawer handles imitating a small model dresser in the Scottish manner. - Three sections of highly decorative Celtic fretwork are incorporated with Scottish Thistle motifs used in the two largest panels as the pediment and front frieze to the large section above the two draws. These fretwork panels all slide into place in their respective sections. - The Scottish motifs* of intricate fretwork incorporate large thistles, flower/seed heads, pairs of birds/love-birds, whorls, gothic motifs and scrollwork. - The three draws** would have been used for matches, spills, ink/scribe etc. - The sections would have been used for horn spoons preferred by Scots to metal counterparts and to knives and forks. - The different sections have been constructed from different available woods and stained with a dark rich stain, imitating mahogany or an expensive hardwood. - Provenance and date are rare for vernacular and folk items but this particular spoon box has two elements, both the Medical Insurance Card giving a person/ownership, place and date which is within 8 miles of where W&W Antiques acquired this item circa 110 years later and the construction materials of the piece and one of the draw linings shown in the images. This is confirmed from a Victorian era 'Colmans Starch' display package with colour lithograph printing helping to date the construction of the item to the late 19th Century (1880 onwards) to early 20th Century pre-1911. A beautiful and genuinely rare Scottish Folk Art spoon and candle box from the North-East, ready for further decorative utility. Ref: *Cotton, B.D. (2008) Scottish Vernacular Furniture, Thames & Hudson Ltd. p277-278. **https://www.highlifehighland.com/highlandfolkmuseum/what-do-we-mean-by-treen/ Note ~ The horn spoons and candles shown in the images are not included in this listing, and are for context and scale only.
measurements
Height:
68.5 cm
Width:
28 cm
Depth:
14 cm
declaration
W&W Antiques has clarified that the 19th Century Scottish Vernacular 'folk Art' Thistle Fretwork Spoon & Candle Box (LA358496) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being 1890
condition
Please consider the photographs and description as a great record of the condition of this antique item.
location
This 19th Century Scottish Vernacular 'folk Art' Thistle Fretwork Spoon & Candle Box is located in Moray (Elginshire), United Kingdom