CHARLES II LINEN AND SILK BEADWORK BOX, THE BEADWORK CIRCA 1680
depicting allegories of the Cardinal and Theological virtues; the top with Charity flanked by two children; the front with Temperance holding vessels and Prudence holding a serpent; the sides with Fortitude holding columns and blindfolded Justice with a balance and sword; the back panel showing Hope with an anchor and Faith reading a Bible; all surrounded by richly varied flora and fauna; the interior with compartments, drawers and secret drawers, red-painted and decorated with punched gold borders and hand-coloured engravings of hunting scenes; on a support covered in green felt and red velevet (worn)
Height 7 in. by Width 12 1/4 in. by Depth 9 1/4 in.
Leslie R. Maas