Rare early 19th century working automaton sewing box with hidden compartments for necessaries and sewing implements. Original handmade clockwork inside which operates a working windmill. Ormolu mounts and neoclassical temple structure. Stairs pullout / pull-out to reveal compartments as do the tiny ormolu cupid niches. Mirrored inside to give a feeling of infinity. Glazed glass pained windows, a middle tray for thread. Small doors open for storage or novelty. Obviously this was made by a learned person for a betrothal gift or for a gift of friendship. Flag on top finial is punch dated “1803”. Case is of rosewood and African mahogany. Alabaster columns. Ormolu mounts.
Height: 36 in. (91.44 cm)
Width: 17.5 in. (44.45 cm)
Depth: 14 in. (35.56 cm)
Style: Neoclassical (Of the Period)
Materials and Techniques: Alabaster, Boxwood, Mahogany, Rosewood
Place of Origin: Netherlands
Period: Early 19th Century
Date of Manufacture: 1803
Wear consistent with age and use. Minor restorations. Some losses primarily some tiny drawer dividers. Windmill blades reconstructed.