This is a large domed top jewellery box, 18" x 10" x 8", veneered with burr maple and decorated with dyed veneers.The exterior is french polished.
The interior of the main box comprises two trays in plain maple and is lined throughout with blue velvet and moiree.
It is also fitted with 2 dovetailed maple drawers - these combined with the 2 trays maximises the capacity of a large box like this whilst allowing maximum accessibility. A box with 5 or more trays appears very deep when the pair of earrings you want is in the bottom tray! The drawers are opened by raising small boxwood finials along the top edge of the interior.
This shows the inlay detail at the front corner.
Book-matching, the time-honoured technique of using two or more consecutive leaves of veneer cut from the same burr to create a symmetry, adds greatly to the elegance and appeal of a finished piece. When I'm choosing the orientation for veneer for bookmatching I carefully select the part to match to create the best overall effect.When book matching four pieces the place where this symmetrical effect will be most apparent is at the centre where the four pieces meet. This particular lid was originally going to have an oval of coloured harlequins in its centre [and a smaller matching oval for the escutcheon] so it was not crucial what happened at the very centre - so, I chose a rather less figured area for the very centre.However, it is sometimes the way that the least promising part of a piece of burr veneer looks BEST when book-matched, and when I had veneered this lid the gorgeous design shown here emerged. An email to the customer to explain the situation followed and the design shown here was arrived at. The exterior is now decorated with 3 harlequin design inlays, two on the lid and one forming the escutcheon.
A harlequin made using dyed veneers at one corner of the lid.
This box is fitted with polished brass lock and quadrant hinges - these stop the lid at just beyond 90 degrees.
The harlequin escutcheon mirrors two similar details on the lid.