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  Antique Watercolor

Artists Sets, Boxes & Kits

1700 - early 1900's

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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

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.


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


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


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