Cottage Box

Cottage Box

“I advise everybody who is going to build, to build a cottage” Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility.

This charming box, inspired by a Regency tea caddy, was built to celebrate the life and work of Jane Austen. The vivid creation has a carved solid-oak thatched roof complete with peeping mouse and it’s porch features a concealed secret compartment and keyhole.

Each side of the box is decorated with playful imagery inspired by the Austen novels and inlaid into burr oak. On each wall is depicted a season in a country garden, with a profusion of delicate marquetry flowers and plants made from a myriad of different woods ranging from quilted maple to sycamore and tiger oak.

The box interior features a cameo marquetry portrait of the great writer and further references taken from the Austen oeuvre.

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