A fine antique Victorian papier mache string holder. English. Circa 1870. The black circular box and lid are decorated with Chinese figures and floral motifs. The lid has a brass rimmed hole in the center. There is a chip on the inner rim of the lid otherwise in very good condition. The holder measures 2 1/2 inches in height by 3 inches in diameter.
A 19th century octagonal lacquer and mother-of-pearl tray. The tray has an inlaid mother-of-pearl Chinoiserie design featuring two figures (a man and a woman) in a garden setting. Inset into the rim of the tray are geometric designs of which one is missing a small (less than 1/4 inch)piece of pearl. There is also a small chip from the rim but overall the tray is in remarkably good condition. Measures 11" by 11" with the sides measuring 7/8 inches in depth.