ANTIQUE PALAIS ROYAL SEWING BOX IN THE FORM OF A PIANO
Stock Number: 01148/spr12
A Palais Royal fully fitted piano form musical sewing box, the exterior veneered in stained burr maple with a mother-of-pearl and ebony keyboard and a gilt brass double cornucopia escutcheon, on five turned legs, the interior with a mirror lined lid over a shallow lift-out tray in red velvet, with a full complement of gilded and other fittings, comprising; a pair of gilt oval boxes with agate set lids within rope surrounds, a gold pique ivory needle or toothpick box, a gold retractable pencil, a pair of steel bladed scissors with gold floral arms below birds and oval laurel loops, together with sheath, a single blade folding knife, the blade marked “VR James Green & Co”, with leaf decorated gilt handle, a notelet in the form of a fan, the exterior in gilt filigree and complete with miniature pencil, a gold thimble with floral cast border, and a gilt metal vinaigrette of box form with jewelled lid, the musical box with multiple 17 section comb playing two airs, complete with keys, and silk squab.
The History of Palais Royal
For collectors of thimbles needlework tools, and needlework boxes some of the most beautiful and sought-after pieces are known collectively as ‘Palais Royal’. The name refers to the Palace in Paris, built for Cardinal Richelieu in 1629. It was originally known as Palais Cardinal but on the death of Richelieu it passed into the ownership of the French royal family.
Promenade of the gallery of the Palais Royal