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Rare Fine Quality Coromandel Jewellery – Perfumery Box c.1872
REF: LA4176 / LA328826
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A quick look at any of the photographs will very quickly confirm that this is a very fine quality piece but it is only upon a full examination that the quality can be fully appreciated as some of the unusual features are not apparent. Veneered with what is generally regarded as the Rolls Royce of veneers……coromandel. The veneer tended to be used on items that were aimed for the high end of the market and frequently had features that set them apart from other boxes. The veneer was very expensive and was quite often applied only to the top and front of boxes. As with all veneers it was available in different grades. This particular box features high spec’ coromandel to ALL aspects of the exterior, all original, all in very extremely good condition. It is certainly a very unusual design. Twin front doors, drawer beneath and lid. The box opens to reveal 4 matching crystal perfume bottles all in perfect condition. The bottles are replacements and are a secure and snug fit within the original recesses. If quick access is required to any of the bottles the lid can be opened separately. If access to the bottles and the drawer is required there are 2 options to open the drawer and both doors simultaneously (i) Lift the lid and press down a small brass rod. The doors AND drawer spring open. (ii) With the lid closed, press down on the lock pin…The doors only open but access is still granted to the drawer contents. The latter method is extremely unusual!! The lock mechanism was I believe a Patent registered by Asprey of London, an extremely high class retailer/manufacturer of the period and still enjoying a world wide reputation to this day. The patent was for a variation on the famous Joseph Bramah mechanism and is considered quite a rarity. If a working key were to be obtained all contents could be made secure. The lock has been tested and is in perfect working order but it would be wise to have a key professionally cut rather than risk damage with an ill fitting key. In reality, why would anyone want to lock the box? The lining throughout all aspects of the interior surfaces are a combination of mirrors, velvet and silk with some evidence of wear in places. The most impressive aspect of the box is that both doors features 2 mirrors set at right angles and the back section of the interior features mirrors to each of the three surfaces. The doors can be set at a wide variety of angles to provide a wide range of reflections of the perfume bottles….Depending upon the angles of the doors and viewing angle almost an infinity effect can be seen and in addition some positions provide a superb range of stunning colours. This really does need to be seen to be appreciated. For example, see the 8th photograph…would suggest 9 recesses with 3 reflections rather than the reality of just 4. All mirrors are original, all free of fractures with just very minor age spotting of little to no consequence . The drawer is worthy of a few words. Coromandel veneer to the front and upper edges AND bottom edges of the carcass and satinwood veneer to all other exterior surfaces INCLUDING the base Extremely well crafted dovetailed joints that are a piece of art in their own right. All of the interior surfaces in the main body of the area in which the drawer sits is also veneered with satinwood. Such finishing touches on areas seldom seen is a sure sign of high quality. The box also has the bonus of a ‘kite’ design registration stamp that denotes that the design under the ‘wooden’ classification was registered on the 6th February 1872. There is also an engraved brass cartouche that reads ‘Upton. St James St. W.’ I have been unable to establish if Upton was a retail establishment or if it was the name of the box owner…or perhaps designer? St James St is assumed to be the extremely upmarket area in London that runs between Pall Mall and Piccadilly a mere stones throw from Buckingham Palace. An extremely attractive box, circa 150 years old , very unusual and one that displays beautifully. The box will certainly command attention from all that see it. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Unpacked weight 5 Kg
Antique Boxes & Collectables has clarified that the Rare Fine Quality Coromandel Jewellery – Perfumery Box c.1872 (LA328826) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being c1872
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