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Antique Gothic Revival Brass Inset Malachite Casket C1840

Antique Gothic Revival Brass Inset Malachite Casket C1840
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  • Antique Gothic Revival Brass Inset Malachite Casket C1840
  • Antique Gothic Revival Brass Inset Malachite Casket C1840
  • Antique Gothic Revival Brass Inset Malachite Casket C1840
  • Antique Gothic Revival Brass Inset Malachite Casket C1840
  • Antique Gothic Revival Brass Inset Malachite Casket C1840
  • Antique Gothic Revival Brass Inset Malachite Casket C1840
  • Antique Gothic Revival Brass Inset Malachite Casket C1840
  • Antique Gothic Revival Brass Inset Malachite Casket C1840
  • Antique Gothic Revival Brass Inset Malachite Casket C1840
  • Antique Gothic Revival Brass Inset Malachite Casket C1840
  • Antique Gothic Revival Brass Inset Malachite Casket C1840
  • Antique Gothic Revival Brass Inset Malachite Casket C1840
  • Antique Gothic Revival Brass Inset Malachite Casket C1840
  • Antique Gothic Revival Brass Inset Malachite Casket C1840
Ref:08446
Price: £875.00
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This is a stunning antique Victorian Gothic Revival coromandel casket, circa 1840 in date.

Elaborately decorated with gilt brass mounts and an attractive inset  malachite oval.

The sloped lid reveals a silk and paper lined divided interior which will accommodate your letters & notes.

The interior with inset gilt brass plaque engraved with the name of the renowned London maker and retailer  "Parkins & Cotto, Oxford Street, W"

This is a highly decorative piece which will make a statement once placed on any period desk.
 
Condition:
In really excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 18 x Width 24 x Depth 14

Dimensions in inches:

Height 7 inches x Width 9 inches x Depth 5 inches

Malachite is an opaque, green banded mineral. It is believed to be a strong protector of children. It protects the wearer from accidents and protects travellers. Malachite has been used to aid success in business and protect against undesirable business associations. It is a stone of balance in relationships.

Malachite is always green, usually in banded tones varying from very dark green to a mellow green. Most malachite comes from Zaire, Chile and Australia.

Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans used malachite for jewellery and ground it to use as eye shadow. It is used in amulets to protect against the evil eye. In the Middle Ages it was used to protect children from witches and other dangers. 
 

Coromandel wood or Calamander wood
is a valuable wood from IndiaSri Lanka  and South East Asia. It is of a hazel-brown color, with black stripes (or the other way about), very heavy and hard. It is also known as Macassar Ebony or variegated ebony and is closely related to genuine ebony, but is obtained from different species in the same genus; one of these is Diospyros quaesita Thwaites, from Sri Lanka. The name Calamander comes from the local sinhalese name, 'kalu-medhiriya', which means dark chamber; referring to the characteristic ebony black wood.

Coromandel wood has been logged to extinction over the last 2 to 3 hundred years and is no longer available for new work in any quantity. Furniture in coromandel is so expensive and so well looked after that even recycling it is an unlikely source. A substitute, Macassar Ebony, has similar characteristics and to the untrained eye is nearly the same but it lacks the depth of colour seen in genuine Coromandel.

Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)

was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.

While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.

Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.

The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).

Satinwood

is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.

The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.

It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.

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