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Antique 1820s French Ebony & Pearl Sewing Box, Sarcophagus
The most exceptional example we've had in ages, this 1820-40s ebony sewing chest, inlaid with engraved mother of pearl, is exquisite on the outside, as you can see, and even has the original key AND fitted tray & pattern folio inside! Just like one you'd see in Clarke & O'Kelly's fabulous book: "Antique Boxes, Tea Caddies, & Society", referenced at $6000 - $8000 price range (a book you'll want to own, by the way - and a superb reference for box lovers/collectors). In more rare ebony, or ebonized rosewood, rather than the more common natural rosewood finish; also a little older casket. Offering it to our faithful online customers is our pleasure. You'd expect to pay quite a bit for this if you were the Sotheby's or Christie's goers, but not at Antiques & Uncommon Treasure. Not to be missed. The condition is exceptional. Looks as though it was never used - a treasured wedding gift, perhaps, from a wealthy and loving young groom? The box has a few flaws in the ebony veneer, easily seen in our many photos. As you can see, the interior is original but missing what would surely have been opulently carved mother of pearl spools, silk winders and likely silver sewing implements. As fine an old Charles IV French box as you'll ever find, and one of the more unique in black & pearl. Photos tell you all.
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Susan Dean, San Marcos, CA
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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