Price

£1250.00

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A very rare pair of painted Tunbridge Ware playing card boxes decorated with a hand-drawn, coloured and gilded display of cards on the lids. Painted representations of the king and queen are placed centrally on the boxes set on a cream painted ground.

Tunbridge Ware games boxes with playing card decoration are generally associated with John, James and Ann Sharp, who were operating in Tunbridge Wells from 1807. Known examples exist with the duty mark and the maker's name painted on the central card and set into a veneered background.

Although the painting on the pair of card boxes resembles that on the known named boxes, these examples have no maker's signature.

Circa 1810.

For more information on the Sharp Manufactory please see Tunbridge Ware and Related European Decorative Woodwares by Dr Brian Austen.

Dimensions

W 8.7cm D 11cm H 3.7cm

Price

£1250.00

Stock number

W6139

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