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Brighton Pavilion Sewing Compendium

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21.5 cm (8 1/2")
10 cm (4")
Brighton Pavilion Sewing Compendium, a stunning rare compendium of architectural design, inspired by Nash's Brighton Pavilion. This exquisite Tunbridge ware pavilion is naively painted, has its original untouched surface and superb patination and something we have never seen before is the turquoise coloured ring between the onion-shaped top and the base, all totally original. The onion-shaped top unscrews to reveal a faded pink pincushion which shows signs of little wear, the Brighton pavilion base also unscrews revealing vibrantly painted thimble, tape, waxer, thread holder and needle case all in superb condition. Pieces such as these were unique to the south-east of England and architectural designs were particularly desirable. This example is no exception and very much sought after by collectors of sewing items, Tunbridge and Treen.

Tunbridge Ware items originate from the beautiful spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent. We always have a very good selection which showcases the techniques of tessellated mosaic, stick ware, 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.

All our items come with authentication certificate with image, as well as our latest catalogue, care instructions and separate invoice for insurance purposes. On top of this our items come with 14 day no quibble money back guarantee and are all fully insured for when shipping.
21.5 cm (8 1/2")
10 cm (4")
George IV
Circa 1825
United Kingdom
Wilton House