A Superb Example of an English Victorian Tunbridgeware Ladie's or Gentleman's Twin Drawer Table or Jewellery Casket of rectangular outline, raised on four splayed feet, last half of the Nineteenth Century.
Basically in Satinwood with lavish "Tumbling Block" inlay pattern using several exotic woods to include Rosewood, Walnut & Palmwood.
Condition: Very good condition with no losses to surface inlay.
Height: (overall as shown) 8.5.” (21.5cm). Width: 11.5” (29.25cm). Depth: 8.5” (21.5cm).
Shipped to Aylsham, Norfolk, United Kingdom.
Tunbridgeware - Brief History. Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge, an area of Kent in England, became popular from the seventeenth Century for the therapeutic properties of the water . By the eighteenth century the place had became a popular resort for people to socialise. Superior shops were set up to sell local work of distinction to visitors as souvenirs. Many of the souvenirs sold were boxes decorated with all sorts of different kinds of designs.
Many of the boxes had a central print with views of such places as castles, churches, pavilions, animals, country scenes and sometimes prints of certain people, such as the Young Prince of Wales. These were surrounded by a variety of bandings and panels of floral and geometric designs.
Perspective Cube and Vandyke (similar to this listing) were patterns in use during the late 1790s This type of design was sometimes in a three-dimensional effect which gave depth to the design. A variety of timbers would be used on some boxes particularly the Cube perspective and Vandyke patterns. Around this time stick ware and mosaic patterns became popular.