Regency Sycamore Penwork Box
Sycamore Penwork Box Circa 1815 From our Boxes collection, we are delighted to offer this Regency Penwork box. The box of rectangular form crafted from Sycamore with period landscape scenes to each side. The lid features a small town scene... Read More
Penwork Box with a Figural Scene
Sycamore Penwork Box Circa 1815
From our Boxes collection, we are delighted to offer this Regency Penwork box. The box of rectangular form crafted from Sycamore with period landscape scenes to each side. The lid features a small town scene with multiple figures with children sat listening to a musician. The sides feature various scenes with wildlife, castles and rivers. When opened the Box reveals the original green paper lining with removable partitioned tray ample storage sections. The box dates to the Regency period during the reign of George III circa 1815.
Penwork, or pen and ink was used on boxes to illustrate picturesque scenes and, at times, to document a vacation or visit to a foreign country. The prints would often depict people, landscapes, birds, insects, plants, flowers, and animals, as well as stories from Greek mythology or depictions of spa towns. Each of these drawings was very accurately drawn and beautifully varnished with shellac. It is likely that some penwork was commissioned by professional artists. Many of these works were highly detailed, showcasing the skill and expertise of the artist. Penwork was primarily a pastime practised by women (some of whom were just as skilled as the professionals) which explains the presence of so many examples throughout history. These works demonstrate the mastery of the artist in producing intricate details and an attractive finish. This is why the tradition of penwork has been passed down through generations.
Sycamrore, also known as Harewood is a member of the Maple family, found in Europe. It is light yellow in colour and is often a very clean wood, with a straight, fine grain. The wood is often pippy. However, these pips are usually a very similar colour to the rest of the wood making them hardly visible.
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