The box is a masterpiece of both workmanship and design. Within are two lidded compartments and there is a drawer to each side, all with fine straw-work decoration. Made in England by French Prisoners of War, circa 1810-1820. Now in an oak, custom made display case.
Case: Height 18” (46cm) Base Width 24” (61cm) Depth 19” (48cm)
Box: Height 5’5” (14cm) Width 13’5” (34cm) Depth 10” (25cm)
Stock No. 9017
The lid with central cartouche of beribboned flowers with foliate scroll work around all, within borders of herringbone and stringing. To the front, a pair of middle eastern figures of soldiers with sabres, which flank the emblematic Coat of Arms of Napoleon. The inner lid shows a landscape scene with a castellated mansion, a church with bell tower and formal gardens with fountain and figures. The pair of box lids are decorated with portrait figures, one a middle eastern warrior, the other a woman in eastern dress with a basket of fruit and a pineapple. The insides of the box lids depict a Napoleonic officer and the other an eastern warrior. Within are four compartments, one decorated with a trophy of arms, the second with a memorial to Nelson with coffin urn and a pair of red ensigns, the third with navigational aids including sextant, telescope and hour glass and the fourth with an anchor and cannon. To the sides are a pair of drawers, the left one decorated with a beribboned bunch of flowers and a trophy of arms including bow, arrows, quiver, spear sword and battleaxe; the right one with a basket of flowers and an urn flanked by two red ensigns, an American flag and the French Tricolour.
For similar examples see:
Birmingham Museum, Pinto Collection No.1965T4520
Clive Lloyd, Arts & Crafts of Napoleonic Prisoners of War 1756-1816 ACC. Pages 54 & 98
The Peterborough Museum Collection