Rare Pair of Regency Period Tole Chestnut Urns

Rare Pair of Regency Period Tole Chestnut Urns
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Rare Pair of Regency Period Tole Chestnut Urns

C. 1820 England
Height27.00 cm
10.63 inches
Width26.50 cm
10.43 inches
Depth15.00 cm
5.91 inches
The brass finial topped lids above rectangular shaped urns have scrolling arms and are supported on similarly shaped plinths. The floral decoration which is in gold, silver, red and blue is of outstanding quality and in excellent condition.


Hot chestnut urns, which were fashionable in the late 18th century and early 19th century in Britain and were usually made in a distinctive Neo-Classical style. They were used to carry boiled or roasted Spanish chestnuts from the hearth to the table and when not in use formed part of the furnishings of a dining room.

The urn is decorated by a process known as japanning. This was an imitation of East Asian lacquer widely used on furniture and base-metal wares from the 17th to the 19th centuries. A series of coats of black asphaltum varnish were applied to the surface of the urn, which was then dried in an oven, which effectively baked them onto the surface. This was then heightened with gold, often with popular chinoiserie designs. The process was first developed at Bilston in Staffordshire, but was also used in Monmouthshire at Pontypool and Usk.


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