Fine Jewellery, Watches & Silver | 29 November 2017
A rare mid Victorian shaped rectangular papier mache card case by Spiers & Son
Sold for £900
A rare mid Victorian shaped rectangular papier mache card case by Spiers & Son, painted with a view of the chapel of Trinity College, Oxford, signed Spiers & Son , the reverse with gilt and polychrome decoration, 11.5cm (4 1/2in) long
Richard Spiers took possession of his shop at 102 High Street, Oxford in March 1834. The shop was described in a directory the following year as a stationery and fancy-goods shop, and later as a china and glass warehouse.
It is likely that Spiers & Son bought papier-mache articles in the blank, that is undecorated, from producers such as Alsager & Neville and Jennens & Bettridge of Birmingham, and then painted the scenes itself. The shop premises included a workshop where customers could order their own decoration of family coats of arms and other personal designs to be painted, and by 1851 it employed 30 people.
The views were painted by hand and, whilst an article of 1847 stated that 'many of the scenes are sketched upon the spot, and studies of details made by the persons who are employed to paint them'; most views were copied from contemporary engravings and prints, in particular the series published by John Le Keux in 1837.
Slight play to the hinge, crazing throughout, light scratches and wear commensurate with age and use
Wednesday 29 November 2017, 10.00am
Sunday 26 November
10am - 2pm
Monday 27 November
9am - 5.30pm
Tuesday 28 November
9am - 4.30pm
Day of sale from 8.30am