19C British Coromandel and Inlaid Dressing Table Box

19C British Coromandel and Inlaid Dressing Table Box.

LOVELY 19C British Coromandel Wood Mother of Pearl and Abalone Inlaid Dressing Table Box.

GORGEOUS 19th Century British piece !

From circa 1860.

The box is a dressing table box for keeping trinkets etc.

it is made of very expensive coromandel wood from British INdia or Ceylon. It is inlaid with a geometric patterns on the front and escutcheon and also oin the lid.

The inlay is made of the finest mother of pearly and abalone shell.

The interior of the lid is lined in its original wine colored silk padding.

There would have been a simple tray on the inside for storage of smaller items but it is gone……instead it is a larger storage box with its original paper lining.

A beautiful box that would grace any fine lady’s dressing table !!

19C British Coromandel and Inlaid Dressing Table Box.

COROMANDEL WOOD: Calamander wood or Coromandel wood is a valuable wood from India, Sri Lanka (Ceylon) 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. It is used in furniture, Luthiery and for sculpture.

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.

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calamander_wood

MOTHER OF PEARL: Nacre (/ˈneɪkər/ NAY-kər also /ˈnækrə/ NAK-rə),[1] also known as mother of pearl, is an organic-inorganic composite material produced by some molluscs as an inner shell layer; it also makes up the outer coating of pearls. It is strong, resilient, and iridescent.

Nacre is found in some of the most ancient lineages of bivalves, gastropods, and cephalopods. However, the inner layer in the great majority of mollusc shells is porcellaneous, not nacreous, and this usually results in a non-iridescent shine, or more rarely in non-nacreous iridescence such as flame structure as is found in conch pearls.

The outer layer of pearls and the inside layer of pearl oyster and freshwater pearl mussel shells are made of nacre. Other mollusc families that have a nacreous inner shell layer include marine gastropods such as the Haliotidae, the Trochidae and the Turbinidae.

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nacre

ABALONE: Abalone (Listeni/ˈæbəloʊniː/ or /ˌæbəˈloʊniː/; via Spanish abulón, from the Rumsen language aulón) is a common name for any of a group of small to very large edible sea snails, marine gastropod molluscs in the family Haliotidae.[4]

Other common names are ear shells, sea ears, and muttonfish or muttonshells in Australia, ormer in Great Britain, and pāua in New Zealand.[5]

Abalone are marine snails. Their taxonomy puts them in the family Haliotidae which contains only one genus, Haliotis, which once contained six subgenera. These subgenera have become alternate representations of Haliotis.[4] The number of species recognized worldwide ranges between 30[6] and 130[7] with over 230 species-level taxa described. The most comprehensive treatment of the family considers 56 species valid, with 18 additional subspecies.[8]

The shells of abalones have a low, open spiral structure, and are characterized by several open respiratory pores in a row near the shell’s outer edge. The thick inner layer of the shell is composed of nacre (mother-of-pearl), which in many species is highly iridescent, giving rise to a range of strong, changeable colors, which make the shells attractive to humans as decorative objects, jewelry, and as a source of colorful mother-of-pearl.

The flesh of abalones is widely considered to be a desirable food, and is consumed raw or cooked in a variety of cultures.

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abalone

19C British Coromandel and Inlaid Dressing Table Box.

Provenance: Bought privately in the UK.

Dimensions: 9.75″ wide, 6.75″ deep and 5″ tall

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19C British Coromandel Wood, Mother of Pearl & Abalone Inlaid Dressing Table Box

19C British Coromandel Wood, Mother of Pearl & Abalone Inlaid Dressing Table Box

19C British Coromandel Wood, Mother of Pearl & Abalone Inlaid Dressing Table Box

19C British Coromandel Wood, Mother of Pearl & Abalone Inlaid Dressing Table Box

19C British Coromandel Wood, Mother of Pearl & Abalone Inlaid Dressing Table Box

19C British Coromandel Wood, Mother of Pearl & Abalone Inlaid Dressing Table Box

19C British Coromandel Wood, Mother of Pearl & Abalone Inlaid Dressing Table Box

19C British Coromandel Wood, Mother of Pearl & Abalone Inlaid Dressing Table Box

19C British Coromandel Wood, Mother of Pearl & Abalone Inlaid Dressing Table Box

19C British Coromandel Wood, Mother of Pearl & Abalone Inlaid Dressing Table Box

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