Lot 1173
A Chinese Export Papier-mâché Work Box
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
1820-1850, octagonal form painted with gilt decoration on a black lacquer ground with original brass carrying handles, the hinged lid opens to the upper divided compartment, a single shallow drawer opens from the exterior, the whole raised on gilded winged paw feet. The set retains approximately (20) implements of carved ivory including bodkins, bobbins, sewing birds.

7 x 14 x 10 in.

The Lifelong Collection of Keith and Caroline Gray, Charlotte, NC. Keith and Caroline Gray were passionate about antiques, art, and history. Together they attended antique shows and auctions for decades – assembling a collection particularly strong on American coin silver, Asian art, historical documents, early images, and English ceramics. Both were longtime supporters of the Mint Museum in Charlotte, with Caroline serving in multiple capacities from docent to a member of the acquisitions board and trustee. Caroline translated her love of material culture into a successful career, becoming a certified property appraiser in Charlotte.

Overall good estate condition; a support to the right rear compartment needs gluing; small crack to the interior lid of the lower drawer; case lid with two hairlines. This lot contains animal or plant material that may be restricted under federal, state, and/or local law. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions of Sale.