Here for sale is a fantastic antique Chinese lacquered sewing or craft box. This paper Mache box is hand painted in the chinoiserie style and dates from the middle part of the 19th Century. The black and gold detailing is just stunning. The aesthetic of chinoiserie has been expressed in different ways depending on the region and is closely related to the Rocco period. 

This is a well loved and used box with areas of damage, cracking to surface and areas which are missing but it really does add to its charm. The useful insert is perfect to store haberdashery, craft or collectables. There is a lovely pull out drawer to bottom and flap with another hand painted oriental scene. Although there is a key it doesn't turn.


There is a large crack to the top of the box. Inside the insert has a piece missing along the outside edge. Shows lots of signs of wear and tear as it is old and has been used, but only adds to its character. Great decorative item which would look fantastic in any home or business interior.

Please look at photos closely as they form part of the item description.


37 cm width, 27 cm depth, 13 cm height

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Antique 19th Century Oriental Chinese Chinoiserie Lacquered Sewing Craft Box


    Retrobarn, Flamstead

    Hertfordshire. AL3 8DW

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