Miniature Chest of Drawers Sewing Box
Modelled as a Chest of Drawers From our Sewing Box collection, we are delighted to offer this rare Tunbridge Ware Burr Yew Bow Front Chest of Drawers Sewing Box. The Sewing box veneered in Burr Yew modelled as a novelty... Read More
With a Decorative Top Panel Featuring Goddess Hera
Modelled as a Chest of Drawers
From our Sewing Box collection, we are delighted to offer this rare Tunbridge Ware Burr Yew Bow Front Chest of Drawers Sewing Box. The Sewing box veneered in Burr Yew modelled as a novelty miniature bow-fronted chest of drawers complete with turned bone handles, diamond escutcheons and tiered drawers. The lid of the Sewing Box features a central painted scene within an oval cartouche of Hera in her chariot pulled by Peacocks. The chest with twin lion mask loop handles and boxwood stringing bordering the drawers and lid stood upon four silvered bun feet. When opened the chest reveals the original pink lining with multiple compartments to the top. The lower two drawers pull forward to allow access to further sectioned storage both with removable trays. All the compartments have working locks to safely secure the contents within. The Sewing Box Dates to the early 19th century Circa 1820.
The Sewing Box comes complete with working lock and tasselled key.
Tunbridge Ware is a form of inlaid woodwork which is typically in the form of boxes, smaller objects and/or accessories that are characteristic of Tonbridge and the spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent in the 18th and 19th centuries. The decoration consists of a mosaic of many very small pieces of different coloured wood combined to make a decorative scene.
Hera In ancient Greek religion Hera is the goddess of marriage, women, family and the protector of women during childbirth. In Greek mythology, she is the Queen of the twelve Olympians and Mount Olympus, sister and wife of Zeus, and daughter of the Titans Cronus and Rhea. Her Roman counterpart is Juno. The Romans associated the peacock with immortality, as well as with pride and vanity hence the portrait featuring the Peacock pulling her Chariot.
Burr Yew originates from Asia, Europe and North Africa. It is yellow-brown to orange-brown and usually conforms to a fine uniform pattern. Yew wood usually has black pips scattered throughout so clean veneers fetch a high price and are reserved for finer items. A few trees will produce a burr which offers a distinct decorative finish.
Boxwood “Buxus sempervirens” can be found in Europe, Northwest Africa and Southwest Asia. It is a light cream that turns darker to brown when exposed to light. The trees are very small meaning it is suited to smaller projects like edging or inlay instead of veneers.
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