An absolutely exquisite English Sewing casket dating from late 1700's early 1800's Georgian period.
A very rare example, I have never seen another. The sturdy wood carcass covered in rich opulent Burgundy silk velvet, with a slight padding to the lid. The whole casket then completely adorned with the most exquisite Fish Scale and Gold wire work, featuring floral and foliate wreaths, trailing vines, flowers and grasses highlighted with gold wrapped thread embroidery .The beautiful three dimensional flowers to the lid are a delight, as are the pretty Lily of The Valley to sides.
Twin mother of pearl knob handles. Lift the lid and reveal original cream silk lined interior featuring the most wonderful floral embroidery and silk ribbon work flowers. The intricate work is truly breathtaking. The colours as bright and vibrant as they were over 200 hundred years ago.
The sewing Casket measures 12.1/4" wide x 10.1/4" deep x 4" high
A museum quality piece, surely a treasured possession.
With only gentle signs of wear due to it being safely stored and protected within its original custom made Deal Wood storage box. I can find no losses to the fish scales just some slight rubbing to the velvet at the corners. losses to the delicate gold paper trims as can be seen in photographs. Just a very slight loss here and there to internal padding on lid (minor). The outer Deal Wood storage box is in an expected antique condition with signs of wear commensurate with age and use (it has done its job very well).
Fishscale embroidery was worked on silk, satin or velvet. The iridescent scales of the carp, perch or goldfish were considered the most suitable.They were scraped from the fish with a knife, steeped in cold water until soft and pliable, and two small holes were pierced with a needle near the base of each scale. The scales were then coloured with a mixture of varnish and powdered colour after which they were ready to be sewn to the ground by silk thread, and were arranged in overlapping patterns to represent the petals of flowers, such as roses, or the shapes of birds and butterflies. Stems, veins, tendrils and other fine details were worked in fine chenille thread, gold thread or filoselle.
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