Boxes - Tunbridge Ware
Tunbridge Ware items originate from the beautiful spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells in Tunbridge, Kent. We always have very good selection which comprise of tessellated mosaic, stickware, perspective cube mosaic, Vandyke and painted pen work. All Hampton Antiques items have been carefully chosen to reflect their sheer quality, beauty and are in superb condition. The History of Tunbridge Ware Tunbridge Wells and Tunbridge, an area of Kent , became popular from the seventeenth Century for the therapeutic properties of the water . By the eighteenth century the place had became a popular resort for people to socialise. Superior shops were set up to sell local work of distinction to visitors as souvenirs. Many of the souvenirs sold were boxes decorated with all sorts of different kinds of designs. Many of the Tunbridge boxes had a central print with views of such places as castles, churches, pavilions, animals, country scenes and sometimes prints of certain people, such as the Young Prince of Wales. These were surrounded by a variety of bandings and panels of floral and geometric designs. Perspective Cube and Vandyke were patterns in use during the late 1790s This type of design was sometimes in a three-dimensional effect which gave depth to the design. A variety of exotic timbers would be used on some boxes particularly the Cube perspective and Vandyke patterns. Around this time stick ware and tessellated mosaic patterns became popular.