Thursday, June 21, 2012

Medieval-style jewel casket belonging to Jane

1859, wood bound with studded iron bands 
Society of Antiquaries of London, Kelmscott Manor 202 

The Pre-Raphaelite design of this casket is typical of the work of Philip 
Webb. The panels were painted by Dante Gabriel Rossetti and his wife
Lizzie Siddal. At least one of the paintings appears to have been copied
from a fifteenth-century manuscript. The casket belonged to Jane Burden,
William Morris’s wife, and was possibly given on her marriage in 1859.

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