Lady's workbox by Gillows of Lancaster

The box is inlaid on the top, sides and inside the lid with seventy-two octagonal shaped numbered specimens of wood.


Mahogony; specimen woods; ivory
11.5 x 34 x 26 cm
Art Fund grant:
£3,125 ( Total: £12,500)
Acquired in:
Harris Lindsay

The woods come from many different regions including the newly discovered Australia, Middle East, India and Africa. All the woods are named on a printed list which accompanies the box. Collectors of this period were curious about the voyages of discovery to hitherto unexplored regions of the world, and boxes of this type were very popular.


Made for Miss Elizabeth Gifford of Nerquis Hall, Wales; Rev Maurice Wynn; by descent; Harris Lindsay, Works of Art, London.

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