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Paper case

Paper case

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (possibly, made)
    London (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1840-1880 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Mahogany with gilt-brass inlay and gilt-bronze mounts; set with a porcelain plaque painted with flowers; lined with pink moiré silk

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by John Jones

  • Museum number:

    1077-1882

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Opinion about this case for papers has changed more than once since it was acquired by the Museum over a hundred years ago. John Jones, who bought the case in the 19th century and bequeathed it to the Museum in 1882 would have acquired it as a piece dating from the reign of the French king Louis XV (reigned 1715-74). He had a particular love for French decorative arts of the 18th century and his collection was to become one of the most significant bequests ever made to the Museum. By the 1960s, it was suggested that the case had been made up out of an 18th-century table top, but we now believe that it was made in its entirety only a few years before Jones acquired it. By the 1830s, the trade in French antiques in London was so important that many makers were actively creating objects in their own interpretation of the Louis XV style.

Physical description

Paper case in mahogan, with gilt-brass inlay and gilt-bronze mounts; set with a porcelain plaque painted with flowers; lined with pink moiré silk.

Place of Origin

Paris (possibly, made)
London (possibly, made)

Date

ca. 1840-1880 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Mahogany with gilt-brass inlay and gilt-bronze mounts; set with a porcelain plaque painted with flowers; lined with pink moiré silk

Dimensions

Width: 21.7 cm, Length: 32.8 cm, Depth: 4.2 cm

Object history note

In the collection of John Jones before 1882

Descriptive line

Paper case, walnut, inlaid with gilt-bronze; mounted with a porcelain plaque and with gilt-bronze mounts; lined with pink silk moiré; possibly Paris or London, ca. 1840-1880

Materials

Mahogany; Gilt bronze; Porcelain; Silk

Techniques

Cabinet making

Subjects depicted

Flowers

Categories

Woodwork

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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