Tunbridge Ware is a form of decoratively inlaid woodwork, typically in the form of boxes, that is characteristic of Tonbridge and the spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries. The decoration typically consists of a mosaic of many very small pieces of different coloured woods that form a pictorial vignette or geometric patterns. Shaped rods and slivers of wood were first carefully glued together, then cut into many thin slices of identical pictorial veneer with a fine saw. Elaborately striped and feathered bandings for framing were pre-formed in a similar fashion. There is a collection of Tunbridge Ware in the Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery in Tunbridge Wells.
This year the FFF+ Group have decided to have a weekly challenge called “Snap Happy”. A different theme chosen by a member of the group each week, and the image is to be posted on the Monday of the week.
This week the theme, “geometry” was chosen by GG, Greenstone Girl.
This Tunbridge Ware hexagonal jewellery box with its geometric shape and geometric patterns seemed to fit the challenge quite nicely.
Geometry is the part of mathematics that studies the size, shapes, positions and dimensions of things. Squares, circles and triangles are some of the simplest shapes in flat geometry. Cubes, cylinders, cones and spheres are simple shapes in solid geometry.
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