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Reeves & Sons (London, England)

Box of pigments and implements for painting on china.

London : Reeves & Sons, 113 Cheapside, ca. 1880.
Physical Description:
1 box : wood box, with pigments, varnish, glass muller, ceramic palettes, and brushes ; 17.5 x 26.5 x 8 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Watercolor Box 6 (Cabinet I)
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Three-Dimensional Artifacts
Restricted fragile material. Use requires permission of the Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Box of pigments and implements for painting on china. The name and logo of Reeves & Sons appears on the underside of the box lid, on the printed labels of each vial of pigment, and on the blank ceramic palette. Presumably, Reeves & Sons acted as distributor of the pigments produced by Hancock & Son, of Worcester, whose label appears on the vials and on the ceramic palette of pigment examples.
The box has one primary compartment, from which two stacked trays may be removed. The two trays bear recesses to hold 30 vials of pigment. An additional 19 vials are loosely placed at the bottom of the compartment. Many unopened vials are sealed at top with a printed label of Hancock & Son. Printed labels at the foot of each vial bear the pigment name, “Worchester China Colors,” and “Reeves & Sons, London” (the vial Hancock's Red reads "Diglis, Worcester”). Vials are stoppered with cork, and vary slightly in size. Some labels bear additional hand-written numbers, in black ink.
Pigments present (all color names are preceded by the word "Hancock's" on the printed label): Old Time Blue, Blue Green, Light Sèvres Green, Persian Hard Yellow, Scarlet, Brunswick Brown, Vandyke Brown, Dark Orange, Azure Blue, Red, Dover Green, Painting Rose, Deep Azure Blue, Sèvres Green, Chestnut Brown, German Brown, Carmine, Grey Black, Chocolate Brown, Lilac (?), Soft Turquoise, Ordinary Purple, Roseleaf Green, Light Orange, Golden Brown, Outremer Turquoise, Violet, Emerald Green, Enamel (?), Medium White (?), Light Orange, Sevres (no accent) Green, Dover Green, Rose Leaf Green, Red, Deep Azure Blue, Azure Blue (bottom of vial broken, fabric and thread covering placed on for storage), Brunswick Brown, Persian Yellow, Grey Black, Painting Rose, Ordinary Purple (in distinct bottle, smaller, distinct neck), Golden Brown, Sepia Brown, Carmine, Blue Green, Shading Green, Olive Brown, and Strong Deep Black. Also present is a tube of Bleu Riche, bearing the labels of A. Lacroix, Chimiste a Paris, and Lechertier, Barbe & Co., 60, Regent Street, London.
Slots to the right of the primary compartment hold two bottles of varnish -- Hancock's Special Medium No. 1 Thin Worcester, and Hancock's Special Medium No. 2 Thick Worcester -- and one small glass muller.
One of the trays includes a recess to hold two rectangular glass plates for grinding or mixing, along with a ceramic palette bearing painted examples of 30 Hancock & Son pigments, the names of which are listed on a printed sheet on the reverse.
The base of the box includes additional supplies, including: eight brushes of various sizes; a thin metal stylus; a glazed ceramic oval palette; and two steel palette knives, with wooden handles.
Accompanied by: General hints for mixing and painting with Hancock's Worcester china colours.
Subject Terms:
Artists' materials -- Great Britain -- 19th century.
China painting -- Equipment and supplies.
China painting -- Great Britain -- 19th century.
Hancock & Son (Worcester, England)
Reeves & Sons (London, England)
Paint boxes.
Watercolor brushes.
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