Box, sewing; [?]; 1820-1840; CT90.1946


Box, sewing

About this object

Sewing box; a Chinese-made, lacquered sewing box. The interior is fitted with a large tray containing many smaller compartments, at the base of the box is a drawer containing a covered central compartment and several smaller spaces. 26 carved ivory sewing implements are contained within the box, including needle cases, a thimble, crochet hook, sewing vices and small containers.

The exterior of the box is lacquered and highly decorated with gold transfers of chinoiserie scenes. The box is raised on four feet, moulded to resemble dragons. This has been dated to about 1820-1840.

Chinoiserie refers to the European and American decorative arts and architectural style that reflects fanciful and poetic notions of China influenced by travelers' tales and exports of Asian ceramics, textiles, and art objects.



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Date Made


Place Made

Asia, China

Medium and Materials

organic, vegetal, wood
organic, animal, tooth, mammal tooth, ivory
processed material, textile
processed material, metal

Style and Iconography

Styles and Periods, European, Chinoiserie


h 155mm x l 330mm x w 235mm

Subject and Association Keywords

technology, handicrafts, homecrafts

Credit Line

From the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika The Meeting Place "a rest on your journey"

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