Antique 19th Century Gothic Revival Mahogany & Brass Inlaid Box - Circa 1840

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Seller: Top-Rated Seller century-antiques-uk (1.125) 100%, Location: Wigston, Ships to: GB, Item: 332719662719 Antique 19th Century Gothic Revival Mahogany & Brass Inlaid Box - Circa 1840 ~ Welcome to my auction for this splendid 19th century Gothic styled box ~ This is a very stylish and very nicely made box dating from around the early years of the reign of Queen Victoria. The box has been constructed from solid mahogany and has been finished with decorative brass inlays to 5 of its 6 sides (the underside is plain and unpolished). The lid is hinged and to the very top is an elaborate and typically Gothic revival pattern of quatrefoils and overlapping circles - the style is very ecclesiastical in manner and seems to mimic the styles and motifs used by the famous Neo-Gothic designer and architect, Augustus Welby Pugin - a search online will show you almost identical repeating patterns shown in his architecture and and stained glass designs.Around the edge of the lid (to the top and sides) is some brass rope twist stringing.The bottom half of the box has more quatrefoil patterns to each side and more rope twist stringing around its circumference.There's certainly been a lot of effort and work put into the inlaid patterns and you can clearly see the hand worked nature of the piece as some of circles aren't quite circles and some of the lines are a little 'wobbly' in places. There are two simple brass hinges that hold the lid in place and it fits snugly over the inner lip on the bottom half of the box - the inside has been polished but there appears to be some old residue present which could be old glue marks where a lining may have been present - the box is already beautiful but should wish to line the box with perhaps some silk or good quality velvet it would undoubtedly lift it even more. The brass inlay parts of the box have been gilded at the time of manufacture, but naturally, over a century's worth of cleaning and polishing has worn this away - you can see traces of this on the mottled appearance of some of the brass areas. The wooden elements of the box have a very fine patina and a deep lustrous shine probably as a result of many, many years of handling and polishing. It's difficult to the absolutely accurate in the dating of this item - heavily brass inlaid boxes like this (some people would call it Boulle work) was at the height of popularity during the regency era and this later gave way to less elaborate inlay work during the Victorian era - the Gothic revival movement championed by Pugin was gaining traction in the 1830's and through the 1840's so I can speculate that this piece would date from around 1840 or possibly a little later. The box measures 17.1cm in length - 9.7cm front to back and it stands 5.2cm tall - the total unpacked weight is 318g. The condition of this box is very good given its age - as mentioned above, it has a fine patina and it is structurally sound being free from splits or repairs - there is no inlay missing but in a couple of areas it has lifted slightly - it is securely in place but sits slightly proud instead of flush to the surface - I would imagine this is due to shrinkage of the wood over the years.The very last picture in the set shows a very small and very insignificant chip out of the surface of the wood near the inlay - this was done many years ago and it blends in well and certainly doesn't detract whatsoever. This is a fantastic piece and would grace any smart home - it would make a fine jewellery or trinket box or would just sit nicely as a decorative item. Please study the images provided to satisfy yourself as to the condition of the item - if you have any further questions please ask and I'll be happy to oblige. Postage to U.K addresses is £4.45 (signed for) - postage to international addresses is £14.95 (tracked / signed for). Thanks for looking! Condition: Very good condition - please see pictures and description, Style/ Period: Gothic, Product: Boxes, Age: 1800-1849, Primary Material: Wood/ Woodenware, Sub-Type: Mahogany, Original/Repro: Original, Gothic revival: A.W. Pugin, Early Victorian: Boulle Work, Victorian trinket box: Victorian mahogany box, Mahogany inlaid box: Brass inlaid mahogany box, 19th century gothic: Augustus Welby Pugin

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