Two Utterly Charming Regency Painted Games Boxes


both of elongated octagonal form and with tromp l’ceil cards on the lids, the sides painted with flowers, the divided interiors with counters in the form of mother-of-pearl fish and cowrie shells

Height 5cm (2 inches)
Width 23cm (9 inches) and 21cm (8 1/4 inches)
Depth 15.5cm (6 1/4 inches) and 15cm (6 inches)
early 19th century

The shells were imported from Africa, specifically for use as gaming counters