English enamel taper wax-jack box, scenic panels, South Staffordshire c.1770

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English enamel taper box, the round form well painted with panels of landscapes reserved in raised yellow & gilt rococo scroll panels, set on a white diaper ground, the body with two scenes, the lid three around the central wax cord hole, a simple handle to one side.   

South Staffordshire, 

Circa 1770

6.4cm wide, 3cm high, the handle an extra 1cm

 

condition:  restorations to sections of enamel ground , including handle, panels good. 

Has some lengths of wax taper still inside. 

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Sometimes known as a ‘bouje’ box (possibly from ‘bouge’ in French, meaning ‘hole’), these rarely seen items were made to store the long wax tapers used for melting the sealing wax used for the seal to your documents, needed to keep the servants prying eyes from your correspondence in the 18th century. Elaborate silver or brass versions are known as ‘wax-jacks’.  

The landscape panels are typical of the South Staffordshire, Bilston, products of the 1770’s-80’s, often seen in the more common salt cellars or candlesticks.  

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