Care for an esoteric unboxing? C'mon, what else you got cookin'?
This arrived just now after a 5-week wait...
Well? Any guesses? No? So how cool is this...?
This is a custom made box by award winning woodworker / artisan Edward Jacob. I came across his work when I was researching off-the-rack boxes for a particular piece of my collection that was living in a cardboard box.
I reached out to Edward and asked if he had other examples of the box I'd seen online at a gallery in New York. We discussed what I was looking for, then he offered to create a custom piece with all of the particulars I was after. We pulled bits and pieces from some of his other works, he offered suggestions, and we landed on this design, a modification of an existing form of his.
It's an Asian-influenced presentation box in cherry and wenge (an African hardwood), with brass pins. I wanted the cantilevered look with the exposed tenons (we collect Prairie School furniture which shares these elements). We borrowed the handle form from one of his other designs because it mimics what this box was designed to hold: My Nguyen Dynasty Annam (Vietnam) 24 "Lang" bar, circa 1880. You might recall it from the thread posted back in February:
The box was painstakingly made to the dimensions of this bar, of a scale suitable for its presentation.
What do you think? Does it need a green or gold CAC sticker?
Edward's site, if anyone is interested in exploring a custom presentation box for those unusual pieces in your collection. PS--he does small chests of drawers, too!
--Severian the Lame