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c1930 Art Deco Shagreen Box from Opera Star Josephine Veasey
  • c1930 Art Deco Shagreen Box from Opera Star Josephine Veasey
  • c1930 Art Deco Shagreen Box from Opera Star Josephine Veasey
  • c1930 Art Deco Shagreen Box from Opera Star Josephine Veasey
  • c1930 Art Deco Shagreen Box from Opera Star Josephine Veasey

c1930 Art Deco Shagreen Box from Opera Star Josephine Veasey

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£350.00


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A beautiful, very finely made polished c1930 Art Deco light brown shagreen leather wood box, with bone banding around the top.

Shagreen is the leather made out of shark’s skin, or in this case ray. Condition is good, with a bit of age staining. The resistance to abrasion of shagreen protects it from bruising. The box may have started life as a cigarette box, but has been used for holding jewellery and trinkets. It was formerly the property of the renowned opera mezzo-soprano Josephine Veasey CBE and came with a selection of other items. The box comes with a couple of photographs of Josephine Veasey and a telegram congratulating her on receiving the Dame Commander of the British Empire award in 1970.

Josephine Veasey CBE (born 1930) is a British mezzo-soprano, particularly associated with Wagner and Berlioz roles. She established a career as one of England's leading opera singers in the 1960s. Her teacher was Audrey Langford, and she started singing professionally as a member of the chorus at Covent Garden in 1949. She joined the more populist organization Opera for All to get solo experience. She made her debut as a soloist at Covent Garden in 1955 as the Shepherd Boy in Wagner's Tannhäuser, moving on to such dramatic mezzo roles as Preziosilla in Verdi's La Forza del Destino and the title role of Bizet's Carmen. Noticed and encouraged by Georg Solti, she began adding Wagner roles to her repertoire, notably Waltraute and Fricka in Die Walküre, the second of which she recorded for DG under Herbert von Karajan). Other major roles included Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde, Venus in Tannhäuser (opera), and Kundry in Parsifal. She also became notable for her portrayal of Dido in Berlioz's Les Troyens, Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde, Octavian in Strauss's Rosenkavalier, and Herodias in Strauss's Salome. Meanwhile, the versatile singer maintained her French and Italian repertory, including Charlotte in Werther, Marguerite in Berlioz's concert work The Damnation of Faust, and Verdi's Don Carlos. She was awarded the CBE in 1970. In 1972 and 1973, Colin Davis, by then director of Covent Garden, placed her in alternating casts for Les Troyens as both Dido and Cassandra. In 1976 she sang the role of The Emperor in the world premiere of Henze's We Come to the River. She had the reputation of being a ringing mezzo with the power to project over heavy orchestration, and she was known as a serious actress.

Size: 18 x 10.3 x 6.3 cm (7 1/8 x 4 x 2 ½ inches)
Weight: 431 g

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