Decorative use of shagreen, a hard, highly-polished material made from skin of sharks and commonly employed in 18th Century for covering small boxes, knife-cases etc.

Here it has been dyed green. 3 vase shaped wells fitted with clear-glass liners. Base covered with the original green silk. Workmanship of English characteristics - suggestions from Matthew Boulton's craftsmen who emigrated to Russia.

Temple Newsam House

Temple Newsam Estate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 0AE
0113 336 7461

Opening times

3 Nov 2015 – 12 Feb 2016
Pre-booked visits and tours only (see website to book)

13 Feb – 30 Oct
Tue – Sun
10.30 am – 5pm (last admission 4.15pm)

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