M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES & FINE ARTS
GEORGE I / II SILVER-MOUNTED PIQUÉ POSÉ TORTOISESHELL SNUFF BOX
The Silver Unmarked, c1725-35
The oval box with plain straight sides and two small "stand-away" hinges,
the arched inlaid tortoiseshell cover having engraved piqué posé inlay depicting
a seated flute player before a garden wall, serenading a shepherdess with staff and dog,
within a cartouche and decorative outer border composed of
cornucopiae, doves, squirrels and baskets of fruits among foliage;
Note : An almost identical example from the Metropolitan Museum
(see image and descriptive information below)
Early tortoiseshell boxes as this employed shell carved from a turtle shell,
which was heated and pressed to form the lid and base.
The silver parts of the box were soldered and the hinge was pinned to the base and soldered to the mount.
The cover of this example is inlaid in a method known as piqué posé -
wherein designs are cut into the tortoiseshell and inlaid with fine strands of gold or silver.
Piqué work was introduced in the mid-17th century by Neopolitan jeweler Laurentini.
Also popular in France (where it was known as piqué d'or) piqué was brought into England
with the late 17th century immigration of the skilled Huguenot craftsmen.
Condition : Excellent; the original hinges having replaced brass screws
Price : Please Inquire
The above from the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
Date : ca. 1700–1740
Culture : British or French
Medium : Silver, tortoiseshell
Dimensions: Overall : 1/2 × 2 3/4 × 2 in. (1.3 × 7 × 5.1 cm)
Classification : Metalwork-Silver In Combination
Acession Number : 14.58.225
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