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Cigarette box
  • Cigarette box
    John Paul Cooper, born 1869 - died 1933
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Cigarette box

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1928 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    John Paul Cooper, born 1869 - died 1933 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver mounts, shagreen and walnut core, with silver finial

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased from the British Institute of Industrial Art out of the Spielmann Memorial Fund

  • Museum number:

    M.87:1, 2-1934

  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 68, The Whiteley Galleries, case 7, shelf 1 []

This cigarette box would have been an elegant container for quantities of loose cigarettes. It has a silver finial on the lid, silver mounts and a walnut core covered in shagreen (treated sharkskin).

Shagreen was traditionally used to cover a vast variety of containers. These ranged from boxes to tea caddies, knife boxes, canteens, small pocket or presentation cases and spectacle cases. John Paul Cooper (1869-1933), who made this box, was largely responsible for reviving its use.

Physical description

Circular drum of walnut, covered in shagreen with matching lid, silver mounts and finial.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1928 (made)

Artist/maker

John Paul Cooper, born 1869 - died 1933 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver mounts, shagreen and walnut core, with silver finial

Marks and inscriptions

No hallmarks

Inside lid: stamp JPC for John Paul Cooper

Dimensions

Height: 11.5 cm, Width: 9 cm

Object history note

John Paul Cooper (1869-1933) initially trained as an architect, working in the offices of J D Sedding and Henry Wilson. It was on Wilson's advice that he took up metalwork in 1897 and he was primarily responsible for reviving the use of shagreen. Shagreen was originally a species of untanned leather; from the mid 18th century nurse shark skin or the less expensive dog fish skin was used. It was traditionally used to cover a vast variety of containers from boxes for tea caddies, knife boxes, canteens, small pocket or presentation cases and spectacle cases.
Purchased from the British Institute of Industrial Art out of the Spielmann Memorial Fund.

Neg._No: 72691

Descriptive line

Walnut covered in grey shagreen with silver mounts, no hallmarks, London, 1928, designed and made by John Paul Cooper

Materials

Walnut; Shagreen; Silver

Categories

Metalwork; Personal accessories

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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