Tunbridge Ware Jewellery or Trinket Box Mosaic Image of Battle Abbey Cloisters c1870

Heading : Tunbridge Ware - A Jewellery or Trinket Box - Mosaic Image of Battle Abbey Cloisters
Date : c1870
Period : Victorian
Origin : Tunbridge Wells; England
Decoration : Has a low pillow-top lid with a mosaic image of Battle Abbey Cloisters showing the building after its renovations in the 1850's. This is one of two views of the building used by Henry Hollamby - the other more common version shows the gatehouse. This is placed in a golden satinwood reserve and bounded by continuous and banded keyline stringing and a geometric frieze showing a swag-like pattern; the sides of the body are slightly concave, and all four feature a floral Berlin wool-work frieze, again with continuous and banded keyline stringing; the escutcheon has flush-finished stickwork detail; internally divided in to five compartments; two of which share a lift-off lid with a small turned handle.
Size : 24.5 x 18.0 x 8.2 cm
Condition : Very good; there is a degree of deformation to the front edge of the lid where the base-wood appears to have swollen and affected the applied veneers; the area has been stablised and has small areas of resin fill, but this does not detract from the overall look and feel of the box; there is a tiny area to the mosaic where it looks as if half a dozen or so contiguous, long tesserae have been damaged with very minor losses to one end - again, this is entirely stable; elsewhere there are a very few losses to the frieze around the sides; the inside is immaculate and the box has a key and working lock; probably original lining paper to the base, with some staining and residue where labels (now lost) have been applied.
Restoration : as detailed above
Weight :  743 grams

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  • £475.00

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