Antique English Coromandel & Silver Dressing Case by Leuchars 19th C
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We are delighted to offer for sale this wonderful antique silver dressing case which is a Victorian lady’s coromandel brass banded and brass inlaid travelling dressing case. Manufactured by Leuchars of 38 Piccadilly in London and is dated circa 1870.
Made of extremely rare coromandel wood which was only used for the highest quality items, the interior of this antique silver dressing case is fitted with silver mounted cut glass bottles and jars with wonderful carnelian ornamentation. The sterling silver topped bottles and jars are hallmarked for London 1872 from the silversmith Thomas Johnston.
This antique silver dressing case comes with a lift out tray comprising a silver gilt and steel manicure set and sewing accessories. Lifting out the front section reveals a blue silk lined compartment.
For further storage, there is also a blue velvet lined drawer in the bottom which is designed for the safe storage of items of jewellery. Enthusiasts will be delighted to discover that the back of the case can be removed in order to reveal a secret compartment inside the lid which was originally used to hide letters and documents. There is also a useful mirror included.
This antique silver dressing case is fitted with two special Leuchars Patent Bramah Locks, the main one of which is self locking in order to counteract any forgetfulness on the part of the owner. The dressing case comes complete with the original keys.
This fine antique silver dressing case comes with a brass engraved plaque that reads “Leuchars & Son, 38 & 39 Piccadilly, London”. The compartment in the lid also bears the following inscription: “Leuchars & Son, 38 & 38 Piccadilly, London & 2 Rue de la Paix, Paris”.
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Dimensions in cm:
Height 19 x Width 34 x Depth 24
Dimensions in inches:
Height 7 inches x Width 1 foot, 1 inch 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: 08976
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