This is a wall mounting case that opens out triptych style to reveal an extensive collection of watercolour pigments. The exterior is veneered with beautiful book-matched walnut 'crotch' and the circular section shown here is burr maple with an inlaid motif alluding to a theoretical colour wheel. The original idea had been to hand colour the small segments accordingly but when the customer saw it before the colour was added he decided that he liked it just as it was and to allow the colour of the pigments inside to speak for themselves.
This shows the whole case standing, half open.
There are two custom made brass and ebony spring catch mechanisms for keeping the doors closed. This also clearly shows the fine ebony framework holding the phials in place.
All corners feature through dovetails which I have picked out by inlaying a fine B/W/B line around them. I think it was worth the effort but it was very time consuming and I would have to think very carefully before I agreed to do it again...
This shows a detail of the inlaid motif I have used for the centre of the front. There is a thin strip of ripple maple all round the circle separating the burr maple from the walnut. The curved motifs in this border were made from slivers cut from a curved laminated 'pack' of black & white veneers and the dots are abalone, similar to Mother-of-Pearl.