Maggs Bros Ltd

Album amicorum.

anon (1842.)

£500.00 

Available to view at our Curzon Street shop.

Handsome neo-classical book-shaped box, covered in brown skiver, elaborately decorated in gilt and blind, with an embossed relief (of Cybele astride her lion?). All edges gilt. Netherlands, [maybe Utrecht] c. 

A most attractive presentation box, containing some dozen items of no great distinction inscribed to the anonymous but probably young female owner of the box, all in forming a pleasant whole. Where dated, between 1841 - 1848, Utrecht. Contents include a good quality pen and wash drawing (110 x 200 mm) of a group of cavalry and infantry lunching in the field; a crude pencil drawing of a tower; a transcription of a published verse on the pansy ("pensée") flower; a decent pencil sketch of a thatched cottage in a mountainous region; 2 reasonably competent drawings of young women; a watercolour posy; a cheerfully incompetent pencil portraits of a dippy looking angel and a handsome cow; a pencil sketch of a military encampment; several sentiments of devotion, written in Dutch or French.

Stock Code: 221638