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Artist's Paint Box

Artist's Paint Box
Title
Artist's Paint Box
Date 
1870-1890
Medium 
Wood, brass, ceramic, glass, paint, cardboard, paper, charcoal, gold, metal, tortoiseshell, textile
Dimensions 
Overall: 3 x 9 x 8 in. ( 7.6 x 22.9 x 20.3 cm )
Description 
Box containing artist's supplies; wooden rectangular box with flat, hinged top, brass hinges, keyhole surround, and lock, with drawer extending length of box, with brass handle flush with mount at front of box; inside of lid and bottom of several compartments covered in bright blue paper with gold stamped inscriptions or images; interior of box divided into series of compartments, with long cardboard box in front compartment containing palette knife with wooden handle, three paintbrushes, three paintbrush shafts, and two curved wood shavings, with five paintbrushes and two paintbrush shafts underneath; in center compartments, brown rectangular block (of paint?), rectangular whiteware palette balanced on top of four packets of sticks of charcoal, round colorless pressed glass cup with sunburst pattern at center, ivory rest or stand for paintbrushes, and five tiny stamps painted with gold leaf with engraved Chinese characters; at back of box, top tray divided into three rows containing solid blocks of paint wrapped in foil, on top of tray with spaces for unsharpened pencil, ink pen, two other writing utensils, paintbrush shaft, and larger paintbrush; in drawer, whiteware palette with traces of paint; green felt on bottom of box; box also contains packet of gold dust and several pieces of paper, some with pencilled inscriptions.
Credit Line 
Gift of Isabella Vaché Cox
Object Number 
INV.8506
Marks 
stamped: in gold on inside of lid: "WINSOR & NEWTON,/Manufacturers,/BY APPOINTMENT/TO HER MAJESTY,/AND TO T.R.H. THE PRINCE AND PRINCESS OF WALES/38 RATHBONE PLACE LONDON." stamped: in gold on bottom of front compartment: "[image of griffin] WINSOR & NEWTON/38 RATHBONE PLACE LONDON." transfer printed: on bottom of both palettes: maker's mark with griffin surrounded by "WINSOR AND NEWTON. LONDON." printed: in gold on edge of compartments containing paints: "GAMBOGE"; "RAW SIENNA"; YELLOW OCHRE"; "CHROMIUM PALE"; "CHROM. YEL. DEEP"; "BURNT SIENNA" [two more rows of colors] stamped: in brown on side of long cardboard box: "Maillard's "LITTLE BUT GOOD"/CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINTS/2 1/2 OUNCES NET"; on another side: "Maillard's "LITTLE BUT GOOD"/CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINTS" written: in pencil on pieces of paper: lists of colors and notes as to how to mix them written: in pencil on tag: "COX" on one side; "PAINT/BOX" on other side
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group