A fine Regency painted and penwork sarcophagus form work box,

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Lot 1077
A fine Regency painted and penwork sarcophagus form work box,

Sold for £ 1,527 (US$ 2,043) inc. premium
A fine Regency painted and penwork sarcophagus form work box,
the lid depicting a view of William Beckford's Fonthill Abbey amid trees with elegant figures on the driveway, within a concave mould decorated with flowers and leaves, the sloping sides with acorns and oak leaves, gilt brass corncucopia ring handle and paw feet, the interior with a pen work lid fall depicting the original Fonthill in ruins with cattle and hand in the foreground, over a compartmentalised and lidded tray with two pen work lids, 30cm wide, 22.5cm deep, 14cm high.

Footnotes

  • Fonthill was built for William Beckford, writer and collector, by James Wyatt between 1795 and 1802.

    As a result of scandal, Beckford endured sixty years of almost total social ostracism, despite his enormous personal wealth, as a result he became an embittered recluse and one of the greatest collectors of all time.

    The box offered here is typical of many objects that recorded the enormous achievement that Fonthill represented, sadly the box can be dated prior to 1825 as the tower collapsed at this date.
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