A classic and really good John Paul Cooper silver and shagreen domed box. The style of the silver wirework decoration and catch is in keeping with Cooper’s earlier box designs around 1910. The box is marked (not assayed) with Cooper’s JPC monogramme inside the box behind the catch.
I have handled many of these over the years and this one is in really good condition, with the silver mounts still tightly pinned and wholly original and a good colour to the shagreen. The interior wood carcass is clean and made of walnut and cedar. There is slight staining to the shagreen lid. The box still closes tightly, with the original clasp in working order, there is a slight gapping to the left front side of the box when closed, see images.
Note that the shagreen on this box is from the common skate, not shark or ray.
Maker: John Paul Cooper
Designer: John Paul Cooper
Date : c. 1910
Marks: JPC monogramme
Material: Sterling silver, shagreen
Condition: Very good, see description
Size: 15.5 cm long, 8.25 cm deep, 5.5 high
Weight : NM
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A John Paul Cooper silver and shagreen box
For more information see “John Paul Cooper. Designer and craftsman of the arts and crafts movement” by Natasha Kuzmanovic. Also see the Victoria & Albert Museum and Leicester Museum which hold various works by Cooper, who came from Leicester.