This pretty sewing box was made in Veneto, Italy, at the beginning of the 18th century.
The lid of this box has been covered with an original silk fabric, with embroideries on iron wire representing flowers and vegetal motifs. The presence of this fabric, padded with iron threads, makes it possible to conclude that this box was intended to be used as a sewing box, i.e. to receive sewing material. In fact, this space allowed pins to be planted during the work.
In addition to this fabric, the whole box is made of painted wood, enhanced by the presence of arte povera ("paper marquetry"). In addition to the few floral elements, made with this technique, that decorate the box, the exterior has six scenes: a view of a farmhouse with a mill and five other horses against a backdrop of architectural whims. More precisely, these are representations of breaking-in, notably with a single or double pillar, techniques invented by the Italian Pluvinel, consisting of training and taming the horse. Once the box is open, a sixth scene, on the same theme, is presented in a pastiglia frame in low relief.
The choice of an equestrian subject for the entire decoration of this box for domestic use suggests that it was made for use in an equestrian centre, stables or farm that practised horse training, at the beginning of the 18th century in Veneto.
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17 000 €