16 - 17 January 2003
A FEDERAL INLAID MAHOGANY SEWING BOX
New York, 1810-1820
The hinged, inlaid dome top opening to a compartmented interior above two inlaid doors with bone-escutcheons opening to a fitted interior with two short drawers over two long drawers, all with band inlay and gilt-brass lion pulls, on turned feet
14½in. high, 14½in. wide, 8in. deep
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Microanalysis indicates the secondary wood is white pine.
Offered in New York, the art collected by the Tony Award-winning producer, philanthropist and ‘grand dame’ of Palm Beach
What can we learn from Oscar Wilde’s note to the poet Pierre Louÿs inside this first edition of his only novel?