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updated Jan. 14, 2017

 

  Antique Watercolor

Artists Sets, Boxes & Kits

1700 - early 1900's

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Thomas Reeves & Son

Artist's Watercolour Paint Box c.1784 to 1794

 
This large boxed set of 24 water colors
was made complete with palette , a water glass and brushes .
The carved marble palette original to the box was
used to rub the dry blocks in water to "work the colors up"

The original water glass is missing.

An Ink Stick, brush, pen nib, small sponge and 4 small palette dishes were

discovered in the box. Also included are 4 small palette dishes. The drawer is held closed with a brass pin.

 
Some of the original 1700's paint blocks are still in the box unused!
Others are later replacements by Reeves and other makers.

8 3/4" wide, 8 1/2" deep, 2 1/2" high

 
 
William Reeves invented the watercolor block or cake as it is known in 1781,
making the painting of watercolor more portable.
They had honey in their recipe to make the paint re wettable.
 
Before this colors had to be prepared per-use by the artist or an assisting 'colorman'. The paint dried out quickly.
 
In 1784 William and his partner and older brother Thomas split into two businesses by their individual names.
 
The outside of the box shows their distinctive design from the 1700's with rope banding with ebony :
 
This box is similar- with the same label as a box George Washington gave to his Niece Nelly Custis
now in the Mount Vernon museum.
 
Note missing marquetry on front edge
 
 

T Reeves & Son

Watercolour paint Box c.1784 - 1794 (missing water glass)

$1850

T Reeves Box A

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This is the paint original to the box.

 

 
 
 

 

T Reeves & Son

(Thomas Reeves

with is son William J. Reeves)

c 1784 1790

Note the shield is a oval

unlike the shield below.

 
 
This is a later variation :
 
T . Reeves & Son
With the royal warrant
 
( Thomas Reeves with is son William J. Reeves)
a later variation of
Thomas Reeves & Son paint blocks
c 1790-1799
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
T REEVES Trade Card in this box - with paint staining and some damage
T REEVES & SON- Supererfine Color Manufacturers
80 Holborn Bridge
This label dates around 1784-1794
 
 
T. Reeves '& Son' was named for his uncle William .
Consequently, the younger William used W J Reeves (William James Reeves) when that
branch of the family carried on the business. It is now the Reeves Co. that exists today.
 
 
    The original water glass is missing. The box will accommodate a 1 7/8 diameter by 1 1/16 inch high water glass.
 
 

 

William Reeves

Artists Watercolour Paint Box c.1784 to 1789

 

                        photo c.2012 R.M. Bodoh
 
8 3/4" wide by 6 3/4" deep by 2 9/16" high

(The water glass is not original and the marble palette that stows next to it is absent)

Includes 5 small round palette dishes. 6" by 4 3/4" porcelain palett in the drawer and 2 ink sticks -

all of which are contemporary to the set. The drawer is held closed witha brass pin. There is a key but the lock does not work.

 
William Reeves invented the watercolor block or cake as it is known in 1781,
making the painting of watercolor more portable. They put honey in their recipe to make the paint rewettable.
 Before this colors had to be continuously prepared by the artist or a colorman and the paint dried out easily.
 
In 1784 William and his partner and older brother Thomas split into two businesses by their individual names.
 
Trade Card Label

 
 
 
William Reeves Paint block -- 1784-1789
3/4" x 1 1/8" x 1/4"
 
This is the paint original to the box.
6 of the blocks are in good, unused condition (as shown).
6 are partial or slightlly used.
Enlarged for detail
 
 

 

 

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William Reeves Artist's Watercolour Paint Box c.1784-1789

 $1750
W Reeves Box C
$24 shipping by US Priority Mail - US only

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The outside of the box shows the distinctive 1700's Reeves "rope" banding with ebony:
 
Reeves palettes
These are paint palettes found in this Reeves Paint Box some may be replacements from other art supply companies. Most palettes provided by the various art supply brands were made for them by various china & other producing manufacturers
 
Small round palletes found
in this William Reeves paint
box 1784-1789
 
Shown are four of 5 pallets which are all different
in width and thickness- they appear to be all individually
hand formed.
 
 
None have a makers marks.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

NOTE:

The palett is missing and the water glass is not original

The palett that fits the box was possibly marble; made for the 4 1/4 inch by 2 3/8 inch by 1/2 inch compartment

The box will accommodate a 1 7/8 wide by 1 inch high water glass . The one shown is not original.

Unfortunately, the lock does not work.

Japanned Tin Watercolor Sketching Box

Winsor and Newton c.~1860-80

 

4 1/2" long x 2 5/8" wide x 1/2" high

Fair condition - one hinge is broken and 2 paint dividers are missing.

Winsor & Newton

Japanned Tin Sketching Box

$38

Box Tin2
$6 shipping by US Priority Mail - US only
 

 

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