Brass Inlay

During the Regency period it was very much the height of opulence to inlay delicately shaped pieces of brass design into wood.

Inspired from the French Napoleonic style, this art form was only attained by the most skilled and patient craftsman. Not only would the brass itself have to be carefully hand fretted and filed into ornate and fluid designs, it would then have to be precisely inlaid into the wood without fault. The richer coloured woods like Mahogany, Rosewood, Kingwood and Coromandel were often favoured for use with brass inlay work as these combinations really emphasised and contrasted each other with great effect.

As Victorian styles began to change, the use of inlaid brass was more often reserved for personalising boxes with decorative monograms and escutcheons, rather than overall box decoration.

Engraved Floral, Foliate and Scrollwork Design Brass Inlay on an Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel.

Engraved Floral, Foliate and Scrollwork Design Brass Inlay on an Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel.

Magnificent Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel with Engraved Brass Inlay and Concealed Drawer.

Magnificent Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel with Engraved Brass Inlay and Concealed Drawer.

Geometric and Foliate Brass Inlay from an Antique Jewellery Box in Rosewood.

Geometric and Foliate Brass Inlay from an Antique Jewellery Box in Rosewood.

Antique Jewellery Box in Rosewood with Foliate Brass Inlay, Attributed to Edwards.

Antique Jewellery Box in Rosewood with Foliate Brass Inlay, Attributed to Edwards.

Foliate Brass Inlay on an Antique Kingwood Jewellery Box.

Foliate Brass Inlay on an Antique Kingwood Jewellery Box.

Foliate Brass Inlay on an Antique Kingwood Jewellery Box.

Foliate Brass Inlay on an Antique Kingwood Jewellery Box.

Engraved Brass Inlaid Monogram and Coronet from a Leuchars Coromandel Antique Jewellery Box.

Engraved Brass Inlaid Monogram and Coronet from a Leuchars Coromandel Antique Jewellery Box.

Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel by Leuchars.

Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel by Leuchars.

Foliate Brass Inlay from an Antique Rosewood Jewellery Cabinet.

Foliate Brass Inlay from an Antique Rosewood Jewellery Cabinet.

Antique Jewellery Cabinet in Rosewood with Foliate Brass Inlay and Ten Drawers.

Antique Jewellery Cabinet in Rosewood with Foliate Brass Inlay and Ten Drawers.

Antique Jewellery Box in Rosewood with Foliate Brass Inlay.

Antique Jewellery Box in Rosewood with Foliate Brass Inlay.

Antique Engraved Foliate Brass Escutcheon from a French Ebony Jewellery Box.

Antique Engraved Foliate Brass Escutcheon from a French Ebony Jewellery Box.

French Antique Jewellery Box in Ebony with Brass Inlay by Alphonse Giroux & Cie, Paris.

French Antique Jewellery Box in Ebony with Brass Inlay by Alphonse Giroux & Cie, Paris.

Inlaid and Engraved Foliate Brass Leaf Designs on a Rosewood Antique Jewellery Box.

Inlaid and Engraved Foliate Brass Leaf Designs on a Rosewood Antique Jewellery Box.

Antique Jewellery Box in Rosewood with Foliate Brass Inlay.

Antique Jewellery Box in Rosewood with Foliate Brass Inlay.

Inlaid Brass Foliate Designs on a Rosewood Antique Jewellery Box by Austin of Dublin.

Inlaid Brass Foliate Designs on a Rosewood Antique Jewellery Box by Austin of Dublin.

Antique Jewellery Box in Rosewood with Foliate Brass Inlay, by Austin of Dublin.

Antique Jewellery Box in Rosewood with Foliate Brass Inlay, by Austin of Dublin.