Rare Aesthetic Victorian period brass worktable, or jewelry casket made by The Charles Parker Company, Meriden, CT. The top has a round needlepoint pin cushion inset in the middle. A concave shaped floral rim with square corners surrounds the top. When the top is lifted a square wooden silk-lined box is revealed with two small ring handles (see photo). These handles are used to lift-up this box. A second compartment is found underneath. The casket has very ornately decorated sides. Two sides have attached lion heads in the middle with rings in their mouths. The other two opposite sides have a large leaf and floral applique (see photos). This applique is missing a small piece on the left side as shown by comparing the photos of the two sides. Small drop finials decorate the bottom corners of the box. The base has four round legs that splay out ending in round ball feet. A very attractive and stylish design secures the legs together. This same piece is highlighted on page 47 of A Brass Menagerie Metalwork of the Aesthetic Movement by Anna Tobin D'Ambrosio. The one in the book has been restored and the pincushion top and fancy brass sides have been replaced with fabric. The one I offer has these attributes intact. A great stand for the sophisticated collector! Circa: 1885. Dimensions: 31.5"H x 11.5" Square (top) x 15" Square (base). As found unpolished condition. Some screws are missing, fabric is original with expected wear and piece is missing from side applique as noted above. Price: $3650.
Charles Parker Aesthetic Victorian brass work table or jewelry casket
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