Palais Royal Piano Workbox - Describing a phenominal piece like this is almost futile. It is an
exceptionally rare and truly special workbox. Everything about it is spectacular. The box itself is obviously
figural in the shape of a piano with keys inlaid in the wood on the top of the box. The grain of the wood is
stunning and great effort has been taken to match the grains on all sides of the piano. It is circa 1820.
The fitted tray inside the piano is lined in purple velvet and it holds the following tools: mother of pearl
scissors with two enamel pansies (the signature of palais royal), needlecase, two reels, two stilettos (one a
really wonderful figural of a clenched fist), four spectacular matched silkwinders, a silver bodkin and thimble, a
pair of steel scissors and a crystal scent bottle with a silver hinged top and its original stopper, as well as a built
in pincushion. The paper lined storage area has a music movement that looks original, but as the key is missing, so I cannot wind it up to see if it is working..
The thimble, the bodkin and the second stiletto are replacement pieces. The second stiletto fills a spot that
would probably have held a tambour hook. The handles of the mother of pearl scissors are a bit loose, but in
otherwise good condition. The needlecase is damaged on the inside. Most of the inner piece is missing, but
the needlecase holds together very well. It is actually a nice tight fit. The box measures 11 7/8" x 7 7/8" x 6"
high. If interested, please E-mail for more pictures.