This was the first watercolour box I made, and still the largest to date. It is veneered with burr maple and decorated with lines made from dyed veneers. 15” x 12” x 7”, french polished.
The lid is four way book matched - the lines are inlaid in two offset overlapping rectangles, a design mirrored on the front. There is a small panel of burr walnut in the centre the edges of which are cut by two mother-of-pearl details.
It was designed as an exhibition piece and in the tradition of C18th and C19th watercolour boxes it contains all an artist could require making it a fully usable artist's box.
It has two drawers and a lift out portion fitted out to take the pans and 1/2 pans of colour. It was a real challenge to my planning abilities, particularly since the top drawer does not go the full way back in order to allow for the extra depth necessary for the various bottles visible at the back of the top layer. I think it worked out well and I have often been asked to more or less copy it.
A detail of the inlay on the lid showing clearly how the two rectangles overlap each other.