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Reeves & Sons (London, England)
Watercolor box.
London : Reeves & Sons, Ltd., mid-19th centry.
Physical Description:
1 paint box : rosewood ; 25 x 34 x 10 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Watercolor Box 11a
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Three-Dimensional Artifacts
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Rosewood watercolor box, manufactured by Reeves and Sons, London, mid-19th century. The box is intact, with original brass hinges and latch. The underside of the lid is gilt stamped: "Reeves & Sons, 113 Cheapside, London." A narrow drawer at the base of the box house assorted implements for painting and gilding. The largest portion of the main compartment is is given to a tray bearing 24 pigment tablets (in three rows of eight), each color identified in a printed slip affixed below each row. The colors comprise: Prus. blue, gamboge, crim. lake, green bice, light red, sepia, Roman ochre, sap. green, raw sienna, indigo, vermilion, bt. sienna, yel. ochre, van. brown, white, Fr. ultrame., Indian red, emerld. green, bt. umber, cobalt, black, chrome yel., Venetian red., and bron. madder. All appear used, but there is some degradation to the bron. madder. Each bears the stamped image of the Reeves & Sons greyhound.
Also present are: five porcelain mixing dishes; one glass; one cork-stopped vial of wax water megilp; brushes, pencils, pens, and erasers; pen nibs; a tin box of Conté crayon (gray, sepia and white) and charcoal sticks; a small tin of thumb tacks; and parallel rules.
Subject Terms:
Reeves & Sons (London, England)
Artists' materials.
Watercolor (paint)
Paint boxes.
Watercolor brushes.
Parallel rules (drafting tools)
Nibs (pen points)
Conté crayon.
Charcoal sticks.

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