Straw Marquetry

What did 18th and 19th century nuns and prisoners have in common? Straw marquetry, of course!  The past-time of the sacred and the profane and an intriguing French collectable easily found in auctions and flea markets today.


Sewing Box; 19th c.; in red and natural straw marquetry, inlaid with floral bouquets and geometrical patterns; 5 compartments, silk pin cushion and mirror (cracked); H. 16 cm. W. 24.5, D. 6.5 cm.; Foire de ChatouDear AntiqueQuery,

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