Napoleonic French prisoner of war straw work box with carved bone handles, circa 1805. Straw work and bone carving was a way of prisoners earning some extra money that could purchase them more favourable food and conditions. 20.5 cm high, 24.5 cm wide, 17 cm deep
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- Straw Work - Straw work refers to the art and craft of creating decorative and functional objects using straw as the primary material. It involves weaving, plaiting, and manipulating dried stalks of various cereal crops, most commonly wheat, rye, or oats. The resulting creations can be simple or intricate, utilitarian or purely artistic, depending on the techniques used and the artist's vision. Utilitarian items include baskets, hats, bags and mats, while decorative pieces include sculptures, wall hangings, and figurines. The techniques include weaving by interlacing strands of straw in various patterns to create a flat or three-dimensional structure, plaiting and coiling. While traditional straw work has faced competition from synthetic materials, there is a renewed interest in the craft.
- Circa - A Latin term meaning 'about', often used in the antique trade to give an approximate date for the piece, usually considered to be five years on either side of the circa year. Thus, circa 1900 means the piece was made about 1900, probably between 1895 and 1905. The expression is sometimes abbreviated to c.1900.
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