PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF LADY ELIZABETH CAVENDISH CVO
A FRENCH MAHOGANY AND INLAID PALAIS ROYAL 'SPINET' MUSICAL SEWING BOX CIRCA 1820
Estimate: 1,500 - 2,500 GBP
Property from the Estate of Lady Elizabeth Cavendish CVOA
FRENCH MAHOGANY AND INLAID PALAIS ROYAL 'SPINET' MUSICAL SEWING BOX CIRCA 1820
in the form of a miniature box piano, with mother of pearl fittings including spools, scissors, pricker, thimble, thread winders, on turned legs, enclosing manuscript note 'For Moucher', a typed note 'With Best wishes / from Queen Mary' and trade card for W. Williamson & Son
16.5cm. high, 30cm. wide, 18cm. deep; 6½in., 11¾in., 7⅛in.
In overall good original condition and complete. Trim lining to inside of lid is loose and would benefit from re-gluing. Cushion to interior with small tears.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Acquired from W. Williamson & Sons, Guilford, at The Antique Dealers Fair and Exhibition by Queen Mary (1867-1953) as a gift for Mary Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, GCVO, CBE (1895–1988);
thence by descent