This double curved jewelley box is veneered with pippy yew, a very challenging and brittle veneer to work with. It is 13” x 9” x 5”, decorated with an art nouveau style border and all edges are finished with boxwood. The finish is traditional french polish.
The front view clearly shows the bookmatch, the curved shape, the escutcheon and the black ‘art nouveau’ design setting off the beautiful yew.
The lid is four way book-matched, using four consecutive leaves from the veneer bundle giving a wonderful symmetry.
This detail of the bottom corner clearly shows the end of the drawer, the curved shape and the boxwood edging.
The interior comprises a single tray with ring run and drawer below. This is spring loaded and opened by raising a small turned finial situated along the back edge of the box interior.
The interior is lined with silk and velvet and the recipients initials are embroidered onto the central flap in the lid. This drops down to reveal a space for keeping letters and documents.
This is about as far as the drawer opens when it’s released - enough to allow it to be easily opened the rest of the way by hand. As can be seen the drawer ‘hangs’ on runners in the style of traditional high quality cabinet work, rather than just sliding along the bottom of the box. This ensures that the action of the drawer is always smooth and easy.
This box is fitted with high quality lock and hinges which have been gold plated. This also shows the single tray made from bubinga and the edge of the fold down silk covered panel in the lid.