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    Sale 7663

    Fasque The Scottish Seat of the Gladstones

    7 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 25

    A CHINESE BLACK AND GILT LACQUERED-WOOD WORK BOX

    FIRST HALF 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A CHINESE BLACK AND GILT LACQUERED-WOOD WORK BOX
    FIRST HALF 19TH CENTURY
    Of octagonal form, the hinged top decorated with a panel depicting figures in a garden scene, surrounded by further cartouches containing animals, the box with three drawers to the front, the sides with brass carrying handles; together with a Chinese black and gilt lacquered games box, inscribed with initials 'J.E.G.' of John Gladstone; three Indian japanned game boxes and counters; and a pair of late Regency giltwood and chinoiserie japanned panelled handscreens
    18½ in. (47 cm.) wide (7)


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    In 1814, when the monopoly of the British East India Company was broken and trade with India and China was opened to competition, Sir John Gladstone's firm was the first to send a private ship to Calcutta, and shortly afterwards to China. As such he began to add items of curiosity including the present lot to his ever-growing collection.

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