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Antique Malachite Hexagonal Box & Cover Casket C1880

Antique Malachite Hexagonal Box & Cover Casket C1880
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  • Antique Malachite Hexagonal Box & Cover Casket C1880
  • Antique Malachite Hexagonal Box & Cover Casket C1880
  • Antique Malachite Hexagonal Box & Cover Casket C1880
  • Antique Malachite Hexagonal Box & Cover Casket C1880
  • Antique Malachite Hexagonal Box & Cover Casket C1880
  • Antique Malachite Hexagonal Box & Cover Casket C1880
  • Antique Malachite Hexagonal Box & Cover Casket C1880
  • Antique Malachite Hexagonal Box & Cover Casket C1880
  • Antique Malachite Hexagonal Box & Cover Casket C1880
Ref:08472b
Price: £350.00
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This is a superb quality antique hexagonal solid malachite box and cover casket dating from C1880.

Made from solid malachite and in really superb condition.

Provenance:

The collection of the late Ronnie Kirkwood and George Dixon.

Condition:

In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 4 x Width 9 x Depth 9

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 inches x Width 3 inches x Depth 3 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. 
 

 

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.

Our reference: 08472b

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