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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1800-1820 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood, veneered in straw marquetry

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Ms. Montefiore, by the wish of the late John Montefiore Esq.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Straw marquetry was known as early as the 17th century, but it was most popular in the period 1780–1830 in France and Britain. The straw was split and flattened, then glued into place on thin paper on which the design had been drawn. This was then glued to a wooden carcase, which was usually covered first with a thicker paper. The maker could divide the straw into two, four or more strips, depending on the fineness needed for the design. Colour could be added to the surface with various varnishes, which also enhanced the glossy appearance of the marquetry. Straw marquetry was most suitable for small objects such as tea chests or work boxes but occasionally larger pieces of furniture were decorated in this way. Because straw work is very fragile, it is rare for pieces to survive in good condition.

Physical description

Coloured straw-work with a sliding lid. The outside is decorated with checquer work with borders of leaves, in the centre of the lid is a basket of flowers. The inside has diamond shaped panels on a blue ground.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1800-1820 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Wood, veneered in straw marquetry


Height: 7.3 cm, Width: 20.3 cm, Depth: 12.4 cm, :

Object history note

Given to the V&A in 1919 by Ms. Montefiore, by the wish of the late John Montefiore Esq.

Descriptive line

box, veneered in straw marquetry, English, 1800-1820


Straw; Wood; Material


Straw marquetry; Straw marquetry; Technique

Subjects depicted

Baskets; Flowers


Containers; Household objects; Straw Marquetry


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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