A late Victorian shellwork frame with mirror-panelled slips. Original central chromolithograph of a sailboat. The mirror panels have some chips and surface deterioration, but overall in good condition. An unusual example.
These shellwork dioramas were produced in the late Victorian/early Edwardian period as souvenirs of coastal towns and seaside locations. They were often bought by sailors as presents for their sweethearts. These pieces are now considered as items of folk art due to their handmade qualities, making each one unique.
SOLD - Victorian sailor's shellwork valentine - 'mirrored'
Dimensions (h x w)
20 x 14cm