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A FINE GEORGIAN LADYS DRESSING CASE BY GARRARD

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A FINE GEORGIAN LADYS DRESSING CASE BY GARRARD
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SKU: RM0723/814

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A FINE GEORGIAN LADYS DRESSING CASE BY GARRARD

£26,250.00

A FINE GEORGIAN LADYS DRESSING CASE BY GARRARD

Circa 1837
Stock Number: RM0723/814
Height: 16 ins / 40.64 cms
Width: 15 ins / 38.1 cms
Depth: 19 ins / 48.26 cms
Price: £26250

This Garrard’s brass bound coromandel lady’s dressing case is from the year of Queen Victoria’s accession to the throne. It is inlaid with flush handles, brass stringing and entwined initials. It opens to reveal a crimson velvet interior with 15 glass vessels and gilt strapwork, topped with incised silver gilt lids. The central tray lifts out to expose a further tray fitted with fourteen tools with mother of pearl handles. There is an additional locked drawer below containing four ivory hair and clothes brushes incised with a heraldic winged horse stained orange. The unusual additions to this case are a silver gilt matchbox and matching vinaigrette, four silk thread winders, and a London Almanac for 1865 in a silver gilt cover. The inside of the lid is fitted with a rectangular easel mirror behind a velvet and silk document wallet. The entire ensemble is decorated overall with reserved strapwork on a ring punched ground centred on the original entwined initials. The brass stamped R&S Garrard & Co, Panton Street, London. The assay stamps are London, 1837, with maker’s marks for Charles Rawlings and William Summers.
Contents
9 gilt decorated cut glass containers with silver gilt lids
6 rectangular cut glass boxes with matching lids
10 implements for sewing, writing and dressing
A silver book-shaped needle case
A thimble and finger guard
Four silk thread winders
A gold nibbed pen
2 pairs of scissors
A vinaigrette
A matchbox
A tongue scraper
An ear wax scraper
4 ivory hair and clothes brushes
A rectangular silver gilt easel mirror
A silk and velvet covered document wallet
A 1865 London Almanac with a silver gilt cover

Provenance:
From a private collection.
In 1792 Robert Garrard became a partner in a company of goldsmiths, jewellers and purveyors of luxury items to the aristocracy, which had been founded in 1722 in Threadneedle Street, City of London, by George Weekes. The company moved to Panton Street off Haymarket in 1735. Garrard and Sons took sole control of the firm in 1802 and it remained in the hands of the Garrard family until the death of Sebastian Henry Garrard, great-grandson of Robert Garrard senior, in 1946. In 1843, Queen Victoria appointed Garrard to the position of Crown Jewellers, leading to the production of numerous pieces of silverware and jewellery for the Royal Family, as well as the upkeep of the Crown Jewels. Very few cases from the Panton Street address and of such early date appear on the market as they were exclusively and expensively produced for Royalty and the aristocracy.

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