A Tunbridge Ware Jewellery Box Depicting The Pantiles c1895

Heading : Tunbridge Ware - Jewellery Box Depicting The Pantiles 
Date : c1895
Period : Victorian
Origin : Tunbridge Wells; England

Decoration : An image of The Pantiles set in to a rosewood panel inside two plain pieces of key-line stringing; further continuous and banded keys run along both sides of a floral wool-work border which is set on the curved edges of the lid; rosewood veneers; the four concave sides decorated with a broader wool-work frieze; internally, a single undivided well, liined with what would appear to be original burnt-orange satin; there are no supports for the sort of tray which is often found in boxes of this nature; the underside of the base is completely flush with no edging and - unusually - is lined with brown paper, which once again may well be original.
Size :  23.8 x 18.6 x 10.4 cm
Condition : Excellent; there are a couple of missing tesserae to one corner of the lid-top wool-work, and two small cracks through the same frieze on the back edge where the hinge fixing has very slightly deformed the wood (a common issue); there are some very fine fissures to the wool-work on the sides of the box, but everything is firmly seated; little or no physical damage by way of bumps or bruises. There are some very slight machined abrasions to the front edge of the lid, possibly from manufacture; the interior is clean and in good condition; no key.
Restoration : None; possible relining as above
Weight :  936 grams

Notes : The image on this box is undoubtedly derived from Henry Hollamby's rendering of The Pantiles. It is known that Hollamby's materials - including the template for this design - passed to Boyce, Brown & Kemp in the 1890's, and there are several points which would indicate that it is a piece made by this later concern. The marquetry uses a number of much longer tesserae than usual, a feature of BBK's work, and neither the lining paper, lining material or wool-work friezes are similar to anything used by Thomas Barton who made many earlier boxes using Hollamby's designs. This remains however the most iconic image ever produced on Tunbridge Ware

Write a review

Note: HTML is not translated!
    Bad           Good
  • Product Code: 22052805
  • Availability: 1
  • £650.00

The Hoard Limited (scottishantiques.com ) © 2022 | Designed by Jarilo Design