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A67 Box, carved with scrolls, European beechwood / metal, based on a design by Lucien Henry, maker unknown, Australia, c 1885. Click to enlarge.

European beechwood box based on Lucien Henry design

Made by Henry, Lucien in Australia, Oceania, c 1885.

Box, European beechwood/ metal, made by [Dr A H Feldstadt], from a design by Lucien Henry, Australia, c 1885.
Rectangular box, hinged lid, lockable, in European beechwood, carved in relief. The four sides of the box are finely carved with foliate scrolls inside a fine rope moulded border. and surrounded by a simple concave moulding, the lower edges terminating in a stepped moulded base. The lid features a raised rectangular panel carved with a stylised lyrebird motif (similar to that at H3015-2)...

Summary

Object No.

A67

Object Statement

Box, carved with scrolls, European beechwood / metal, based on a design by Lucien Henry, maker unknown, Australia, c 1885

Physical Description

Box, European beechwood/ metal, made by [Dr A H Feldstadt], from a design by Lucien Henry, Australia, c 1885.
Rectangular box, hinged lid, lockable, in European beechwood, carved in relief. The four sides of the box are finely carved with foliate scrolls inside a fine rope moulded border. and surrounded by a simple concave moulding, the lower edges terminating in a stepped moulded base. The lid features a raised rectangular panel carved with a stylised lyrebird motif (similar to that at H3015-2), based on a design by Lucien Henry. The lyrebird is standing with tail extended over a banner inscribed with the text 'AUSTRALIA'. The whole panel is surrounded by a moulded border inside a wider foliate scroll carved border within a finely worked border of alternate circles and lozenges, the oter moulded edge extending beyond the lid underside. The front panel features an ivory escutcheon lozenge. The lid is affixed by bronze hinges and the box is locked by a metal key.

Marks

Title on lid of box, carved in relief, 'AUSTRALIA'. Number inside lid in pencil '37'

Dimensions

Height

80 mm

Width

195 mm

Depth

280 mm

Production

Notes

Lyrebird motif is based upon a design by Lucien Henry.

Possibly made by Dr A H Fieldstadt.

Approximate date of manufacture.

History

Notes

A similar lyrebird motif appears carved in sandstone on the Sydney Technical College building where Lucien Henry was appointed the first lecturer in art in 1884.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1890

Acquisition Date

14 April 1890

Cite this Object

Harvard

European beechwood box based on Lucien Henry design 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 20 September 2019, <https://ma.as/187374>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/187374 |title=European beechwood box based on Lucien Henry design |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=20 September 2019 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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