Sewing casket with view of Weilburg near Baden in Austria

Painting by Balthasar Wigand Austrian

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The mother-of-pearl industry in Vienna reached its apogee during the 1820s and 1830s, when numerous luxury items such as candle screens and desk sets were embellished with the iridescent material. Balthasar Wigand, responsible for the miniature on the lid of this box, specialized in views of the city and its surroundings, painted especially for use on small pieces of furniture and caskets.

Sewing casket with view of Weilburg near Baden in Austria, Painting by Balthasar Wigand (Austrian, Vienna 1771–1846 Felixdorf), Wood veneered with mother-of-pearl; gilt-metal mounts partially enameled; gouache on paper; velvet lining; fittings of steel and mother-of-pearl, Austrian, Vienna

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