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Look at what I found on the Online Galleries website!
The top of the box is decorated with an ormolu mount which is inset with a fabulous pietra dura plaque of Ashford marble with a floral inlay of semi precious stones.
The box has chamfered edgess, a working lock with the original key and tassel, and the beautiful interior is lined with elegant blue velvet.
This is a highly decorative piece which would look lovely wherever placed.
In excellent condition having been beautifully restored in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 13.5 x Width 15.5 x Depth 15 - Box
Height 9 x Width 5 x Depth 5 - Glass Bottle
Dimensions in inches:
Height 5.3 x Width 6.1 x Depth 5.9 - Box
Height 3.5 x Width 2.0 x Depth 2.0 - Glass Bottle
Coromandel wood or Calamander wood
is a valuable wood from India, Sri Lanka and South East Asia. It is of a hazel-brown color, with black stripes (or the other way about), very heavy and hard. It is also known as Macassar Ebony or variegated ebony and is closely related to genuine ebony, but is obtained from different species in the same genus; one of these is Diospyros quaesita Thwaites, from Sri Lanka. The name Calamander comes from the local sinhalese name, 'kalu-medhiriya', which means dark chamber; referring to the characteristic ebony black wood.
Coromandel wood has been logged to extinction over the last 2 to 3 hundred years and is no longer available for new work in any quantity. Furniture in coromandel is so expensive and so well looked after that even recycling it is an unlikely source. A substitute, Macassar Ebony, has similar characteristics and to the untrained eye is nearly the same but it lacks the depth of colour seen in genuine Coromandel.
Ashford Black Marble is the name given to a dark limestone, quarried from mines near Ashford-in-the-Water, in Derbyshire, England. Once cut, turned and polished, its shiny black surface is highly decorative. Ashford Black Marble is a very fine-grained sedimentary rock, and is not a true marble in the geological sense. It can be cut and inlaid with other decorative stones and minerals, using a technique known as pietra dura. Derby Museum has a diagram of Ecton Hill made from Ashford Black Marble and other minerals.
Our reference: 06112
318 Green Lanes