This wonderful and highly decorative sewing etui was produced by the Stobwasser manufactory in Braunschweig, Germany circa 1840. Stobwasser were famous for the quality hand paintings on their wood and papier mache objects from 1763 to their closing in 1863.
The sewing etui features a most wonderful hand painted, then lacquered scene to the lid (NOT a print or lithograph as found on the lesser quality examples from this period). The scene depicts an aristocratic lady and her young daughter playing music while resting on a stone bench among classical style gardens. The mother holds a tambourine, the daughter's lute rests against the carved bench. We love the beautiful peacock and the sense of serene depth in the painting.
The case opens via a fully functioning push button mechanism. One presses the push button opener to reveal the pretty interior of the box. We find the original white metal needle case, the other items are replacements. We see replacement white metal scissors, replacement mother of pearl handled tambour hook and a gorgeous 19th century porcelain thimble. The mirrored circular holder is missing its mother of pearl silk winder. All four items are housed individually in their blue velvet bespoke made compartments. The lid retains its original mirror and silk cushion with pretty chenille braided borders to each.
Measuring: Width 5.25 inch (13.5 cm) by depth 3.75 inch (9.5 cm). Height 7/8 inch (2.5 cm).
Condition: Historic surface craquelure to the surface of the hand painted lid. Very minor losses to paper edges. Historic, naive strengthening restoration to back of hinge mechanism. The lid needs to be firmly pushed shut to close with a good snap.
This is a fabulous item that will display excellently, the perfect piece for anyone with a passion for sewing or anyone who collects early 19th century European art and antiques.