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Sewing Box

Date: c. 1900
Medium: wood, porcelain, glass, and metal with silk and velvet
15 x 11 1/4 inches (38.1 x 28.6 cm)
Classification: Textile Working T&E
Inscribed: Macé Ft. 6 Rue Chapon Paris (on exterior front)
Credit Line: Gift of Nelda C. Stark, 1981
Object number: 61.900.196.1.A
Previous Number: 61.900.196.A
1965 Appraisal: 355
1979 York Appraisal: 704
Accession Number: 1981.266.A
DescriptionRectangular shape; hinged lid; dark wood; gold colored bronze feet with scrolling design; gold colored bronze scrolling medallion centered between each foot; gold colored bronze egg and dart pattern band; gold colored bronze lock on front; gold colored bronze band with fourteen grape clusters around rim; gold colored bronze handle on either side; gold colored bronze four leafed patterned mounts in each corner on lid exterior; each mount holds circular porcelain plaque with roses on white ground surrounded by circular blue band encircled by golden hand painted design; concentric gold colored beaded bands outline shape of lid; gold colored bronze foliage design mount on lid center; center mount holds porcelain plaque with cherub on cloud surrounded by gold band on blue ground; beaded gilded rope trim on top cover; mirror surrounded by folded blue silk arranged in stage curtained style on lid interior; pink silk rose shaped ribbon trim; gold colored bullion fringe.
Provenance: Frances Ann Lutcher [Mrs. Henry Jacob Lutcher, 1841-1924] [1]; by inheritance to her daughter Miriam Lutcher Stark [Mrs. W.H. Stark, 1859-1936]; by inheritance to her son H.J. Lutcher Stark [1887-1965]; by inheritance to his wife Nelda C. Stark [1909-1999]; gifted March 5, 1981 to the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation; accessioned to The W.H. Stark House | 1. Card (HC.61.900.106) in object indicates Sewing Box was a gift from Miriam Lutcher Stark to her mother Frances Ann Lutcher. Card is possibly not associated with Sewing Box and was added later. Above stated provenance will be assumed accurate unless proven otherwise by conclusive evidence.
  • Cupid
  • Rose
  • Grape
  • Morning Glory