Beautifully Hand Painted Antique Victorian Jewellery Box

( JB562 )
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Beautiful antique papier mache box with a glossy black 'Japanned' finish. Made in England in the late Victorian period, circa 1880/90. Stunning hand-painted pink and yellow Roses adorn the lid.

Beautifully Hand Painted Antique Victorian Jewellery Box

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This is a beautiful English antique jewellery/trinket box, made of papier-mache. It dates to the late Victorian period, circa 1880/90. It has beautiful hand-painted Roses which were very symbolic during the Victorian era. Information on this is given below.

The Exterior

The exterior has a glossy black lacquered 'Japanned' finish. The lid has stunning hand-painted stemmed Roses, both budding and in full bloom. These organic subjects are simply beautiful and their colours look lovely against the dark background. The painting has been done exceptionally well and the Roses, leaves and stems look very realistic.

Information on the beautiful 'Japanned' finish can be read below.

The Interior

The inside has a single unlined compartment. There is a glossy deep orangy red lacquered 'Japanned' finish to both the compartment and the inside of the lid.


This box started life as an expensive glove box for a Victorian lady's dressing table. It is a wonderful piece of social history, now being a very functional and beautiful box for the storage of jewellery or trinkets.

The Victorian Symbolism of (Pink and Yellow) Roses

Roses during the Victorian period were an endearing symbol of love. Pink Roses in particular were symbolic of first love, innocence and healing and yellow Roses were symbolic of joy and mature love.

English Victorian 'Japanning'

'Japanning' (the name given for making objects look like examples of Japanese lacquer work) was very popular during the Victorian period. The Victorians loved the look of Japanese lacquered items, but it was not their intention to produce replicas of these. Instead, they used a very similar style of lacquer and decorated their items with more 'English' looking subjects, such as the Roses on this particular box.

Japanese lacquer was made from native trees but this often cracked in the cold British climate. The Victorians, therefore, used tar and pitch with papier mache, to create a very similar, smooth black surface.


This beautiful box is in lovely condition for its 125 plus years of age. It has sound structure and no cracks.

There is no loss to the painted decoration and the colours are still beautifully bright.

There are a few small dull patches and a few small areas of wear to the black lacquered finish. The majority of it is still lovely and glossy and in remarkable condition despite its age.


Please use the following measurements to ensure the box is the right size for your requirements.

Length:  30.7cm
Width:     9.5cm
Height:    4.2cm

Interior compartment:

29.3 by 8.0cm square with a 3.6cm depth.


This box will be posted FREE within the UK by Royal Mail Next Day Special Delivery.

International postage is £25 by Royal Mail International Tracked and/or Signed For postage. Delivery is fast, within 3-5 working days to Europe and 5-7 working days to the rest of the world.

Customs and VAT fees

International customers are responsible for paying any applicable customs duties, customs clearance/handling fees and/or VAT. These fees are NOT included in the prices of our boxes or our postage fees.

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