Palais Royal Mother-of-Pearl Sewing Box

  • This 19th-century sewing nécessaire is a work of intricate French artistry
  • The mother-of-pearl box contains a bodkin, thimble, needle case, perfume bottle and scissors
  • It is a masterful example of the luxury arts of the Palais Royal
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Item No. 31-2563

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The delicate artistry of this 19th-century Palais Royal sewing nécessaire matches the intricate work for which it was made. A pair of scissors, bodkin, thimble, awl, needle case, perfume bottle and two spoked bobbins are all fitted within a velvet-lined tray contained within the box. The box itself is crafted of lustrous mother of pearl, carefully etched and mounted in gilt bronze. At a time when sewing was considered among the greatest feminine arts, a nécessaire such as this would have symbolized one's good taste, as well as her wealth.

Bears maker's label "Au Nom de Jesus. / BADIN / Coutelier et Fabt. de Necessaires / Brevete et Fournisseur / de S. A. S. Monseigneur / LE DUC D'ORLEANS / Palais Royal No. 152 / A PARIS"

Circa 1825

6 1/2" wide x 4 1/2" deep x 2" high
Palais Royal Mother-of-Pearl Sewing Box
Period: 19th Century
Origin: France
Type: Compacts/Nécessaires
Depth: 4.5 Inches
Width: 6.5 Inches
Height: 2.0 Inches

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