Charles Frederick Eaton
25,000 - 35,000 USD
Property of a California Collector
Charles Frederick Eaton
leather, wood, brass, abalone
with metal label signed ARTS & CRAFTS/CHARLES FREDERICK EATON/SANTA BARBARA CAL
13 1/2 x 20 3/4 x 10 3/4 in. (34.3 x 52.7 x 27.3 cm)
Overall in good original condition. This sensational work features an incredibly rich variety of materials and decorative motifs that are expertly crafted into a handsome, robust, and highly functional form. The casket is in beautifully aged condition with age-appropriate wear. The leather-clad surfaces with craquelure, cracks, some lifting and losses to the leather throughout which expose the underlying wood, consistent with age. The underlying wood surfaces with some wear; the panel on the reverse of the casket with two stable cracks to the woodgrain, consistent with age. The brass surfaces have a nice aged patina and present with scattered minor surface scratches, abrasions, discolorations, and traces of surface soiling concentrated to the recessed contours consistent with age. The brass latch displays a slightly brighter tone consistent with handling. The abalone decorations display rich iridized surfaces with some natural black and and red accents. The abalone surface with scattered irregularities inherent to the material. One abalone decoration on the proper left side of the case is partially lost, not visually distracting. The lid of the casket lifts to reveal a leather-lined interior with a divided tray. When the lid is open, the front of the case hinges down to reveal two drawers also lined in leather. The leather interior throughout with scattered surface scratches, abrasions, wear and discolorations consistent with age and use. The interior of the lid with a small tear to the right side, stable. A complex work with elaborate detailing in beautifully preserved original condition.
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