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SOLD - French Silver, Niello Enamel and Turquoise Box - Antique Circa 1860

A magnificent, fine and impressive antique French 830 standard silver, niello enamel and turquoise box; an addition to our diverse silverware collection

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SOLD - French Silver, Niello Enamel and Turquoise Box - Antique Circa 1860
SOLD - French Silver, Niello Enamel and Turquoise Box - Antique Circa 1860

Description


This exceptional antique French silver box has a rectangular form with rounded corners.


The sides of the body are embellished with panels of niello enamel depicting scrolling leaf ornamentation.


This box is fitted with a hinged hallmarked cover ornamented with further niello enamel panels flanked with impressive chased decorated, gilt silver scrolling leaf designs to each corner.


The gilt ornamentation to the cover incorporates a rounded thumbpiece to the anterior surface.


The centre of the cover is further embellished with a magnificent silver panel in relief depicting a stag being pursued and assailed by two hunting hounds, in a detailed forestry setting.


This exceptional scene is beneath the original bevelled glass plate accented with a cabochon turquoise decorated border.


The underside of the box is embellished with identical enamel and gilt silver border to that of the cover, accented with a central panel of niello enamel.


The interior of each compartment retains the original gilding.


This French box has been independently tested using state of the art technology (Niton XL2 Analyzer) and verified as 830 standard silver (.830, 830/1000).


This magnificent box is the finest work of its type.


NOTE: The paper/note displayed in images 11 and 12 was recovered from the underside of the impressive hunting scene once the glass was removed for professional cleaning; it can be concluded this article is original to the piece.


Maker: Unknown

Condition


This antique French silver box is an exceptional gauge of silver, exceptional quality and in exceptional condition.

The niello enamel work has signs of slight wear as to be expected with such original pieces.

The original glass panel is in perfect condition and the turquoise border is in excellent condition in keeping with age.

The original gilding is in excellent condition.

The hallmarks struck to the interior rim of the cover have wear in keeping with age.


Reflections in photographs may detract from the true representation of this antique silverware.


Dimensions


Length 8cm/3.1"

Width 5cm/2"

Height 2.2cm/0.9"


Weight


4.3 troy ounces/134g (including glass panel)


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Andrew Campbell started trading in antiques during the 1970s. Initially, Andrew lived in the South of England, travelling the country, searching for items of silver to buy. Andrew sold these items at various London markets and antique fairs. Over time, and through selling at a range of venues, Andrew built up a large and diverse customer base from private buyers to national and international trade customers.
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