11554 A RARE REGENCY PENWORK CASKET, ITS EXTERIOR DECORATED WITH DEPICTIONS OF SEASHELLS AND CONTAINING THE ORIGINAL CONCHOLOGY COLLECTION OF ELIZA MARRIOTT, ON A LATER STAND English. Dated 1820. Measurments: Height: 30″ (76.2 cm) Width: 18 1/2″ (47 cm) Depth: 14″ (35.6 cm).
Of ochre colored penwork on a black painted ground. The rectangular casket with rising lid opens to reveal a compartmented interior with original pink paper lining and Etruscan style black and white painted border trim. Some of the shells with original finely written labels attached. A single drawer below the upper section similarly compartmented and filled with shells. The exterior of the casket decorated on all sides with depictions of shells.
This finely decorated Regency penwork box, designed to contain a shell collection, is signed in ink and dated by Eliza Marriott 9th October 1820. Her place of residence is also indicated; Temple Cottage, Sidmouth, Devonshire. Eliza’s box is dated when she was around 22 years old; it is not clear whether she herself decorated the exterior of the box or added her name with pride to her careful collection.
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