The writing box was an item of style and fashion yes, but it was also an item connected with intelligence, commerce and world awareness.
From the end of the 18th, to the end of the 19th century, the writing box featured prominently on military expeditions, travels, libraries and in drawing rooms.
"a lady's traveling box" from Thomas Sheraton The Cabinet Maker And Upholster's Drawing-Book (1793).
Shape of rim echoes base - see image below Ht: sold 1960s trio of smoking memorabilia Ornamental top after Lalique Horse's head; central piece cigarette lighter bottom section ashtray! Japanese, Hiroto,marked Quirky, fun Ht 3 pieces together 18cm all frosted glass £80 3065: Jade green "Alabaster" Bowl and Jug, hand blown, 1920s (Uranium glass) with circular ribbing in otherwise very simple clean designs.
Glossy heavy pieces with beautifully polished pontils Diam of bowl c 21cm £150 the 2 pieces 761 Very large fun yellow striped Handkerchief Vase c1960s/70s by Chance Ht 15.5cm at highest point Width c22cm at widest point £55 I have many handkerchief vases which range in date from 1950s to 1970 3235 One of a large set of 2 small French hors d'oeuvres dishes in opaque glass, marked ' France' but identical to a Sevres design by Laudier Comes with a large v shallow platter in the same design, 13 pieces in total.
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Whereas the Tea Caddy and the Sewing Box can be said to be accurate reflections of the stylistic and cultural influences of the 18th and 19th centuries, the Writing Box epitomizes the social and economic developments of this particular period.