Absolutely gorgeous & rare 19th century Victorian era papier mache stationery box, an elegantly shaped casket with ornate gilded accenting and hand painted oil floral & exotic bird decoration! WOW....oops, not really the most extravagant descriptor but every now & then it's the first word to come to mind :). Rare triangular or canted shape, surely an unmarked Jennens & Bettridge piece and this is our favorite style of painting! You can learn more about their illustrious history by searching the rich archives of Google, but suffice it to say that the name alone carries great import in collections world wide. The J&B examples of these 19th century goods is synonymous with museum quality works. You will find such items in the 'Musee des Arts Decoratif' of Paris, located in the Rue Raspail side of the Louvre, where one entire room is dedicated to showing off such wares, including furniture of papier mache. Be sure to see it when you're next in Paris. I digress! THREE exotic birds on the lid, rich & vibrant flowers all around and one of the more visually impressive stationery boxes we've had! Only the back and base of the box have to decoration, even the interior is as opulent and pristine as can be. Nice large size at just under 10" wide, wonderful condition and this one is guaranteed to be an instant favorite!
In a style we know to be from Jennens & Bettridge, though this one is unsigned, the signature of the painting style and quality tells us this is from that most lauded maker of early to mid-Victorian papier mache objects. The exotic birds, the gold rocailles and florals that are so beautifully hand painted on the surface, and the palette used as well, all are identifiers our reference books show to be J&B. We are very confident and do warrant this one to be from that maker. The box you see here is one that would have held a lady's stationery, personal note cards, etc., along with her pens, stamps and seal in the respective compartments that still remain within. A beautiful piece, and in superb condition for one of these old papier mache boxes, which often have sustained damage or breaks at hinge area, other spots vulnerable to damage. This one is truly excellent.
Very good to excellent condition. Hardly a sign of loss or wear to the hand painted decoration. Our images are large and clear and will show any flaw. There is a thin crack in the lacquer and a few small chips on the right side of the lid where the top flat surface begins its slope forward. Hinges are strong with no repairs, working lock & key. The interior is immaculate with all slots & dividers and has what is likely the original inkwell, cut glass with a silver plated cap. See pictures for all measurements.
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