Fine Sorrento Marquetry Box

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A 19th century Italian Sorrento olive wood and walnut marquetry inlaid games box.

The box and interior divisions are made from olive wood, the exterior is veneered with walnut and the slightly domed lid is marquetry inlaid.

The lid has a scene of three Italian fish merchants trading their wares and is finely inlaid using many different woods.

The merchants are a lady at a table with a set of scales and two men with a box and a basket of fish.

The central scene is surrounded by flowers and eight inlaid playing cards.

The box is in good condition and has a baize covering underneath and a working lock and key. (Circa 1870)

Height 6.8cm (2.7 inches)
Width 32cm (12.6 inches)
Depth 24.8cm (9.8 inches)