A George IV Dressing Case By J. Corfield

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Object Description

A George IV Dressing Case
By J. Corfield

The case is constructed in a finely figured rosewood, with inset brass handles, and fine brass arabesque inlay. The hinged lid bearing the initials “S.A.V” rises to reveal in the upper section, a drop down document holder with embossed maker’s label and a removable mirror to the back; the silver pieces comprise a suite of five cut glass jars, and various other accoutrements including a toothbrush holder and makeup vials, the lift out platform with storage below; a lockable velvet-lined drawer is situated below the bramah lock escutcheon. The sterling silver bearing the marks for John & Archibald Douglas and dated 1825. The box bearing the retailer’s label of John Corfield.
Circa 1825

Object Literature

J. Corfield (late Elvey)

John Corfield, based at 10 Mount Street, Grosvenor Sq., London, was a documented writing desk and dressing case maker in the first half of the nineteenth century, and was the self-described “real manufacturer to the royal family,” according to his embossed label found on the lid of the present box.

Literature:

Gilbert, Christopher. Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture 1700-1840. Leeds: Maney, 1996, p. 151 (fig. 227) for a similar box bearing the same label, sold Sotheby’s 1991.

Gilbert, Christopher, and Geoffrey Beard. Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660-1840. London: Furniture History Society, 1986, p. 199.

Object Condition

Excellent condition

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