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David Linley for Alfred Dunhill, 1994
Two beautifully crafted architectural-form jewel boxes created by David Linley for Alfred Dunhill in 1994.
Made in a very limited edition and affectionately known as ‘Folly Boxes’, ‘The Lodge’ (on left) features a façade with arches lined with contrasting birds-eye maple veneers and a fine balustrade made of vavona burr wood. The hinged roof lifts to reveal a small dressing mirror inside the lid, etched with the edition number ‘1 of 10’, and a fully fitted interior with multiple lift-out trays each lined in suede.
Height: 15 inches (38 cm).
Price Code: ££££
Shown on the right is ‘The Villa’, made in dark walnut veneers with a columned façade in light maple, with satinwood details, this model numbered 4 out of a similar limited edition of 10, both boxes shown have retained their original gilded keys.
Height: 16 inches (41 cm).
Price Code: SOLD
No detail was overlooked on these pieces, and each of the minute finials and columns were turned by hand. Set into each plinth, (and typical of all of the ‘Folly Boxes’) is a secret compartment with push-release mechanisms.
A real architectural ‘Folly’ by definition has no discernible purpose, and was constructed purely to please the eye. These boxes provide a similar small-scale visual pleasure but with the added element of usefulness, combined with craftsmanship and ingenuity.
Both illustrated: David Linley Extraordinary Furniture, by Mitchell Beazley, published 1996, pages 144 & 145 (see detail image).