Early 19th century sewing box with classically-inspired sarcophagus form. Crafted of veneer wood and wood marquetry, the box is decorated with delicate neo-gothic motifs and foliage. The lid opens to reveal an array of sewing instruments :
- a silver-gilt needle case,
- a crystal salt flask with its silver-gilt cork,
- silver-gilt sewing shears,
- a gold thimble,
- a silver-gilt spike,
- a steel needle,
- 4 mother-of-pearl pin holders.
All the silver-gilt pieces have a hare's head (tête de lièvre) mark.
The thimble has an Eagle mark (tête d'Aigle) for gold. Weight : 3,5 g.
The interior of the box is in blue velvet with gold woven floral motif.
Original torned label, marked "Nécessaires [...] Coutellerie fine. [...] PARIS." (Necessaries [...] Fine cutlery. Paris).
Dim: W: 9,1 in - D: 6,3in - H: 4,3in.
Dim: L:23cm, P:16cm, H:11cm.
In good general condition, with light wear on the wood, spike and needle case.