This is such a gorgeous and rare Georgian sewing box.
This box came from the most prestigious collection of Enid Riley.
It dates from the late 18th/ early 19thC.
The frame of the box is wooden and covered in gold foil.
The sides of the box are decorated with quilled paper decoration, at the time this was referred to as paper filigree.
The interior is silk lined with a silk stuffed pin cushion and a beautifully stitched satin silk skein holder.
The practice of paper filigree decoration was much employed by ladies of the 17th and 18thC.
The hand written note kept with this box states that it is believed to have been purchased from the sale of Godmersham park.
( This sale was conducted by Christie’s in 1983)
Godmersham park was the home of Edward Austin, adopted brother of Jane Austin.
Jane was a frequent visitor at Godmersham park and spent much time there.
We know she was very familiar with the art of paper filigree and in fact talks of helping Lucy steel make a paper filigree basket in her novel sense and sensibility.
It is a tantalising though that Jane herself could have decorated this sweet sewing box or at the very least handled it or helped in its making.
This is a beautiful piece with a fascinating history, a real treasure.
Measures 3 inches cubed.