An extremely rare and fine pair of George IV Regency exotic timber boxes of sarcophagus shape, decorated to all surfaces and lined in silk velvet.
The finely veneered top is decorated in exotic hardwoods in a ‘tumbling block’ fashion, banded in rosewood and fine stringing of box and ebony, opening on both of the original hinges.
Every side is carefully decorated with what is known as ‘Van Dyke’ triangles raised and raised on the original feet.
The interior is lined in black silk velvet.
Orignal locks, lock keeps and it is most likely that the keys are original too.
I am not certain of the boxes exact purpose but they would work very well as jewellery boxes, games boxes or purely for decoration on a mantelpiece, pair of console tables, dressing tables, sideboards, pair of chests, etc.
Points of interest: It should be noted that pairs of any boxes from the period are rare and they are exceptional examples in the most wonderful original condition. This is a case of perfect, classic and timeless design.
Tumbling blocks have been utilized for centuries and the design is first thought to first appear in ancient Greece and Rome. The design was revived in the Renaissance, Baroque and Regency era, all the way to the present day.