20 September 2001
THE PROPERTY OF A LADY
A PALAIS ROYAL MOTHER-OF-PEARL, GLASS AND GILT-METAL WORK BOX
FRENCH, CIRCA 1820
The lid carved in relief with a scene of Venus and Cupid among clouds, the edges set with numerous glass pastes, the sides decorated with mother-of-pearl panels and painted landscapes behind glass, all on lion's paw feet, the hinged lid opening to reveal a mirror and embroidered velvet cushion, with removable fitted tray containing mother-of-pearl and gilt-metal-mounted implements, with old rectangular card inscribed '[...]UPPERFIELDE 71 Park St W.1 Mayfair 2909. This Work Box was the property of Princess Augusta Sophia (1768-1840) 2nd. Daughter of H.M. King George III.'
9¾ x 4 x 8 in. (24.7 x 10.2 x 20.2 cm.)
8 in. (20.2 cm.) deep
4 in. (10.2 cm.) high
Princess Augusta Sophia (1768-1840), according to a card within.
(Mr)? Upperfielde, 71 Park Street, W1.
Bought from Mallett, London, 16 May 1968, for £340.
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