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Antique Asprey Tortoiseshell & Brass Boulle Marquetry Box 19th C

Antique Asprey Tortoiseshell & Brass Boulle Marquetry Box 19th C | Ref. no. 09384w | Regent Antiques
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  • Antique Asprey Tortoiseshell & Brass Boulle Marquetry Box 19th C | Ref. no. 09384w | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Asprey Tortoiseshell & Brass Boulle Marquetry Box 19th C | Ref. no. 09384w | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Asprey Tortoiseshell & Brass Boulle Marquetry Box 19th C | Ref. no. 09384w | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Asprey Tortoiseshell & Brass Boulle Marquetry Box 19th C | Ref. no. 09384w | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Asprey Tortoiseshell & Brass Boulle Marquetry Box 19th C | Ref. no. 09384w | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Asprey Tortoiseshell & Brass Boulle Marquetry Box 19th C | Ref. no. 09384w | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Asprey Tortoiseshell & Brass Boulle Marquetry Box 19th C | Ref. no. 09384w | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Asprey Tortoiseshell & Brass Boulle Marquetry Box 19th C | Ref. no. 09384w | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Asprey Tortoiseshell & Brass Boulle Marquetry Box 19th C | Ref. no. 09384w | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Asprey Tortoiseshell & Brass Boulle Marquetry Box 19th C | Ref. no. 09384w | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Asprey Tortoiseshell & Brass Boulle Marquetry Box 19th C | Ref. no. 09384w | Regent Antiques
Ref: 09384w
Price: £950.00
This is a lovely Victorian tortoiseshell and brass boulle marquetry casket from Asprey London, circa 1870 in date.

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This is a lovely Victorian tortoiseshell and brass boulle marquetry casket from Asprey London, circa 1870 in date.

The interior is lined with cedar and is ready to store your precious items.

The lid inscribed with the initials 'A.M.G', the bases inscribed "ASPREY & CO. LONDON"

It is a lovely piece which apart from its functionality is also a decorative one.

Condition:

In really excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.



Dimensions in cm:

Height 7 x Width 11.5 x Depth 10

Dimensions in inches:

Height 3 inches x Width 4 inches x Depth 4 inches

Our reference: 09384w

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Asprey
was established in England in  1781 and founded as a silk printing business by William Asprey, it soon became a luxury emporium. In 1841, William Asprey's elder son Charles went into partnership with a stationer located on London's Bond Street. In 1847 the family broke with this partner and moved into 167 New Bond Street, the premises Asprey occupies today.

From its central London location Asprey advertised 'articles of exclusive design and high quality, whether for personal adornment or personal accompaniment and to endow with richness and beauty the table and homes of people of refinement and discernment.' An early speciality was dressing cases. Asprey crafted traditional cases and designs, mostly in leather, suitable for the new style of travel ushered in by railways. The main competitors at the time were H.J. Cave & Sons. Asprey was recognised for its expertise when it won a gold medal for its dressing cases at the International Exhibition of 1862 but lost out to its rivals, H.J. Cave & Sons in 1867.

The company consolidated its position through acquisitions. In 1859 Asprey absorbed Edwards, an award winning maker of dressing cases and holder of a Royal Warrant. The company also purchased the Alfred Club at 22 Albemarle Street, which backed on to the New Bond Street store and meant that Asprey now had entrances on two of London's most fashionable streets.

In 1862, Asprey was granted a Royal Warrant by Queen Victoria. The Prince of Wales, later to be crowned Edward VII, granted another Royal Warrant. In 1953, for the coronation of Elizabeth II, Asprey paid homage with the Asprey Coronation Year Gold Collection, which featured a dessert, coffee and liqueur service in 18-carat gold and weighed almost 27 pounds. In April 1953, it went on show in the New Bond Street store and subsequently toured the United States.

As the business grew, the company acquired manufacturing facilities and hired silversmithsgoldsmithsjewellers and watchmakers including Ernest Betjeman, the father of the distinguished poet John Betjeman, one of the most highly regarded craftsman and designers of his day.

In the twenties, commissions poured in from around the world, from American millionaire J. Pierpont Morgan to potentates such as the Maharaja of Patiala, who commissioned a huge teak travelling trunk for each of his wives in which each trunk was fitted with solid silver washing and bathing utensils with waterspouts of ornate tiger head and lined with blue velvet. Asprey cigarette cases became collectable amongst young sophisticates who delighted in its other modern products, including travel clocks, safety razors and automatic pencil sharpeners.
 

André-Charles Boulle
(1642 – 1732) was the French cabinetmaker who is generally considered to be the preeminent artist in the field of marquetry. His fame in marquetry led to his name being given to a fashion of inlaying known as Boulle (or in 19th-century Britain, Buhl work).

Boulle appears to have been originally a painter, since the first payment to him by the crown of which there is any record (1669) specifies ouvrages de peinture. He was employed for many years at Versailles, where the mirrored walls, the floors of wood mosaic, the inlaid panelling and the marquetry furniture in the Cabinet du Dauphin were regarded as his most remarkable work. These rooms were long since dismantled and their contents dispersed, but Boulle's drawings for the work are in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.

His royal commissions were numerous, as we learn both from the Comptes des B timents du Roi and from the correspondence of Louvois. Not only the most magnificent of French monarchs, but foreign princes and the great nobles and financiers of his own country crowded to him with commissions, and the mot of the abbé de Marolles, Boulle y lourne en ovale, has become a stock quotation in the literature of French cabinetmaking.

 

 

Dimensions in cm:

Height 7 x Width 11.5 x Depth 10

Dimensions in inches:

Height 3 inches x Width 4 inches x Depth 4 inches

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