Reference: Sb474 http://hygra.com/uk/sb/SB474/
A very fine Chinese export sewing box of complex curved octagonal form, with fine decoration oforiental scenes framed within cartouches standing on gilded bat feet.The background is filled with diaper designs of stylized flora. Insidethere is a lift out tray with supplementary lids and sewingtools made of turned and carved ivory. The box hasgilded side handles and hinges. Circa 1835.
"By the time Jane Austen was writing, the work box had reachedthe height of its stylistic development, both in boxes crafted inEngland and those imported from abroad. Jane Austen herself had a largeChinese export lacquer box/table on stand, complete with fitted tray,which can still be seen in her house in Chawton."
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