Lot 623

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ELIZABETH COBBOLD: GEORGIAN CUT PAPER WORK: a remarkable album of cut-paper work, likely circa 1810-20, containing approx 45 intricately worked examples on a wide variety of subject matter, notable examples including owl: bell ringers: toll-house: monitor lizard: zebra: elephant: classical scenes: botanical groups: scene at fair with figures and animals, etc: contained in quarto album of period, the paper-cut scenes loosely inserted between the pink and plain album leaves, red morocco gilt covers with front board detached, old ownership label of Mrs A Syer of Bury St Edmunds and her inscription to upper flyleaf. Printed excerpt to same reads 'it is necessary to inform the reader, that an annual party has for many years taken place at Holy Wells, the residence of J Cobbold, Esq on the evening of St Valentine's Day: for this festive occasion Mrs Cobbold designs and executes with great taste and elegance the subject of each valentine, which is curiously cut out in half a sheet of letter paper, and appropriate lines, as above, are composed and inscribed on each; (the present year the number composed by Mrs C was 80) they are then folded precisely alike in blue paper; the ladies valentines are then placed in one basket, the gentlemen in another; and when cards or music have contributed, for an hour or two, for the amusement of the evening, the valentines are handed to the unmarried part of the company; each lady or gentleman taking one at pleasure, from any part of their respective packets. The prize is supposed to prognosticate to the person who draws it, marriage, or a matrimonial engagement in the ensuing year...'  (An album)
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