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Antique Victorian Lady's Coromandel Vanity Case c. 1860

Antique Victorian Coromandel Vanity Case | Ref. no. 08516 | Regent Antiques Sold

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This is a very attractive antique Victorian lady's coromandel traveling case that is just crying out for pride of place on a dressing table or display cabinet. Our experts have dated it to be from around 1860.

The interior of this vanity case is nicely fitted out and contains seven silver plated topped jars and bottles together with a nice set of mounted manicure tools which are all displayed on sumptuous red velvet.

The case itself is made from top quality walnut, with an interesting grain, and is sturdy enough to withstand the rigours of travel. 

As is often the case, there is a concealed or “secret” drawer on one side which springs open when a the relevant brass rod is lifted and provides storage for jewellery. The vanity case and the secret compartment is beautifully lined with deep red velvet .

As if one secret compartment was not enough, this Victorian vanity case also has a secret compartment concealed inside the lid. This can be removed to reveal a secret tooled leather hiding place for private letters and documents.

We are pleased to confirm that this antique vanity case is supplied with its original lock and keys.

If you would take a few moments to look at the gallery of photographs we have provided you will be able to confirm for yourself that this antique vanity case is being offered for sale in excellent condition. However, please be aware that it does show signs of natural wear and tear as could be expected with a piece of this age.

If You Wish To View This Antique Coromandel Wood Vanity Case

It is always best to inspect any item that you are considering investing in personally if you can and we do therefore recommend that you pay a visit to our north London showroom in order to see this Antique vanity case for yourself. Whilst you are here you will also be able to view our other items of antique furniture, silverware, cutlery and other items that you may be interested in.

It is advisable however, if you do intend to make a journey specifically to see this coromandel vanity case, to contact us ahead of your proposed visit in order to confirm that it is still available as it may have already have been reserved or sold. Please quote the item’s unique reference number, as shown above, when contacting us so that we know which of our many pieces you wish to discuss with us.

Regent Antiques – London Showroom Opening Hours

You are invited to visit our north London showroom which is open to the public on Monday to Friday between the hours of 10am and 5pm for you to view and inspect this antique vanity case. We also open occasionally on Saturdays but please contact us before making a journey on a Saturday as we do not open every week and would not want you to have a wasted trip.

If You Would Like More Information

To discover more about this lovely vanity case and to get the answers to any questions that you might have about this or any other item we are offering for sale, please contact us and talk to our in-house antiques experts by calling the number as shown above or by email if you prefer. When contacting us please have to hand the item reference, also shown above, so we can be sure about which item you are interested in.

Shipping, Delivery and Returns

This is an antique coromandel vanity case and we want it to reach you in the same, excellent condition that it leaves us in. It will require expert packing and transportation in order to ship it safely to your address. We can deliver this item to almost any location across the world and we will of course arrange the packing for you. However, before purchasing, please contact us for a shipping quotation so that we can fully understand and address your requirements. Please note that we deliver free of charge to mainland UK destinations.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 17 x Width 30 x Depth 23

Dimensions in inches:

Height 7 inches x Width 1 foot x Depth 9 inches

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).


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: 08516

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