Two South Staffordshire enamel patch boxes, circa 1820
Lot 139
Two South Staffordshire enamel patch boxes, circa 1820
£600 - 800
US$ 1,000 - 1,300
Lot Details
Two South Staffordshire enamel patch boxes, circa 1820
Both of oval shape, one painted with a poet and a woman with the inscription 'Sad historian of the pensive Plain', 5.4cm wide (some restoration), the other decorated with a print of a couple getting married, the inscription 'The Single Married, the Married happy', 4.3cm wide (cracks and some restoration) (2)

Footnotes

  • Oliver Goldsmith (1730-1774) wrote the poem 'The Deserted Village' in 1770, lamenting the destruction of ancient villages just so that landlords could embellish the gardens of their estates. The box illustrates the following verse:
    She, wretched matron, forced, in age, for bread,
    To strip the brook with mantling cresses spread,
    To pick her wintry faggot from the thorn,
    To seek her nightly shed, and weep till morn;
    She only left of all the harmless train,
    The sad historian of the pensive plain
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