Antique Enameled Papier Mache Jewellery Box

( JB228 )

Antique Enameled Papier Mache Jewellery Box

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This is a beautiful antique jewellery box, made of papier mache.  It was made during the late Victorian period, and dates to 1880/1890.

The exterior has a beautiful lacquered finish which has created a wonderful tortoise shell effect, and its lid has a highly decorative oriental design.  This features a beautiful exotic bird in flight, plus beautiful exotic flowers that are both in bud form and in full bloom.  There is also oriental motif detail, beneath and to the right of the exotic scene.

The scene has been created by hand with beautiful enamel paint.  It has a wonderful raised texture and the colours of the enamel are still very vivid.  All of this decoration is of a very high quality!

The interior has a bright red lacquered finish as is the norm with Victorian papier mache boxes. The design on the exterior, however is rare!  Most papier mache boxes from this period are typically very English in design and feature subjects such as common garden flowers and flying insects such as Butterflies, Bees and Dragonflies.

The History Of This Box

This box started life as a handkerchief box for a Victorian lady's dressing table.  It now makes for a very beautiful and functional jewellery or trinket box.


This beautiful box is in lovely condition for its 125/135 years of age.  There are minor light faint scratches to the lacquer which are not very obvious, and one corner of the lid has suffered some minor damage.  Again this is not overly obvious as the damage is on the underside of the corner. Please see image 5.  The bottom of the box has more obvious wear but this cannot be seen unless you turn the box over.  This is merely friction wear from where the box has been moved across the surfaces of furniture.  It is as we'd expect from the sheer age of an antique box which has been loved and used.

The beautiful hand enameling is still in excellent condition, despite the age of the box.  Its colours are still vibrant and that to the scene has suffered no loss.  There is minor wear to the gold enamel highlights of the oriental motif.


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

Exterior: 19.7cm square with a 3.7cm depth.

Interior: 18.0cm square with a 3.0cm depth.


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