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S/5823 Antique Treen 18th Century Four Section Boxwood Spice Tower with Penwork Decoration

A most excellent cylindrical boxwood spice tower, having extensive penwork decoration. The ball finial unscrews to reveal a compartment for a nutmeg and below there are three separate sections for spices, each with a screw thread in the usual manner. The decoration depicts figures, shrubs and buildings, showing various aspects of everyday life in fine detail. The whole retains a good patination.

Provenance: paper label Desborough Collection

Sold 9 in. (24 cm.) High
2 in. (6 cm.) Diameter French Circa 1780