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palette in the WJ Reeves & Woodyer Box It fits the box well
is no makers mark on it. Slightly rough marble was good for earlier
hard to work up paint blocks .
glycerine was added to the paint making the paint immensely more
workable. These are seen in boxes of this era and is believed
to be original to the box.
palette is in very good condition for its age and has some edge
chips and some discoloration from use- all normal patina from
age and use.
J Reeves & Woodyer
Watercolor & Drawing boxed set from around 1799-1816
- This very rare early box of watercolors
has places for a deluxe selection of 30 colors. It is one the largest watercolor sets made at the
time. In addition it has drawing, drafting , writing, tools.
- This huge deluxe
boxed set was custom made for traveling artist or engineer.
- The box measures
approximately 14 3/4 inches long , 9 1/2 inches wide and 3 1/2
- The copper plate
engraved trade label inside the top of the box is a work of art
- Shown here enlarged
for detail Actual size is approximately 7 3/4 inch by 6 1/4 inch
- This invention
allowed artists to more easily work outdoors & travel. This
began the great landscape & watercolour movement in England. It also made paint more accessible
- Right: A
paint Block original to this box: Back side announcing the Reeves
invention of the Watercolour Paint Block and their Royal warrant.
- These are
the best paint blocksin the box.
- It is amazing
that after 200 or so years these paints even exist unused.
- These are
the same paint blocks that luminary artists of the time used,
- & made
by the inventors of the paint block.
- Many blocks
are near complete some are partial blocks.
- Most of the
paint blocks are Reeves from early to mid 1800's with a few colors
- and from
- The box contains:
- Two palettes one
marble & one large flat china palette . (photos below)
- Two blown &
cut crystal water glasses in amazingly good condition
- An original key
that works the lock
- 30 blocks or partial
blocks of paint most appear to be of Reeves make: Several Paint
blocks with "Reeves & Woodyer" embossed on them
and the rest from later dates.
- There are a few
blocks by other makers
- A Large Brush
and a small quill brush
- A labeled block
of charcoal and bag of charcoal powder.
- An unusual nib
in the shape of a pointing hand as well as a labeled box of nibs
- Drawing and drafting
tools with bone handles and other supplies - see below
paint blocks are nearly whole and many are partial blocks. Most
show some use and patina of age, cracks , etc. This box has patina from use, some scratches,
nicks and paint stains here
& there. All serve to give it authentic patina
- A wonderful box
,and a great gift for an art enthusiast.
- Please see below for more information
PHOTOS AND INFORMATION:
Above is another label
that appears in the space under the blocks of paint.
It is a transcription
of their award for inventing the watercolor paint block dated
May 17 1781.
The name on the bottom
of this award label "Theo Reeves & Son" is the
father of W J Reeves. This label refers to before Thos. passed
away and his son W J Reeves partnered with Woodyer. This helps
to date this whole box closer to the 1799 date
- Right is
the back side of the marble palette.
- It measures
3 1/2 by 5 inches and 3/4 inch thick approximately.
Previous to the invention of paint blocks artists had to grind
their paint daily or acquire a bit made up for them from a colorist
who would make wet paint to order.
The water glasses
found in the Reeves & Woodyer paint box are blown with a
cut star design in the bottom.
like these have been seen in other reeves boxes of the period
and earlier, so it is believed that they are original to the
box. They are in excellent shape for being about 200 years old.
about 2 1/2 inch across at the top and and an inch high- the
star pattern is cut into the base.
Above the large flat
ceramic palette in the bottom drawer.
Below the back of
this palette showing some crazing , chips and discoloration patina
Note the key hole
of the box is mother of pearl.
Photo above shows the top of
this beautiful antique Mahogany Box showing some patina from
age: scratches & color differences etc from age.
There are no returns
allowed. Please study all the photos photos carefully. Contact
us if you have further questions .
- A wonderful box
, lovingly used by the artist.
*Because there is no way to know the substances in the antique paint we are unable to ship to California or any state that restricts import of some artists paints and requires contents on labeling.
As with any modern
professional artist's paints, they may contain harmful substances.
These should be handled with care. They are not for use by children.