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Colonial Silver Filigree Box

Karimnagar, India, or Dutch East Indies
18th-early 19th century

length: 9.1cm, width: 6.2cm, height: 3.5cm, weight: 154g

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Provenance

UK art market

This beautiful box features fine silver filigree work to all sides other than the base which is of plain, hammered silver sheet. The filigree comprises a mix of thicker, flatter silver wire and extremely fine silver filigree.

The hinged lid fits tightly over the base.

Determining the precise origins of such filigree work is difficult. It was undertaken in India, China, the Middle East, Islamic Africa and in the Malay world, including Batavia (now Jakarta), Sulawesi and the southern Philippines.

The work on this box is similar to published examples that have been attributed to Karimnagar in India and to Batavia of the Dutch East Indies.

The box is in fine condition. There is a small area of filigree on one side that might have been repaired, but it is barely perceptible.

References

Piotrovsky, M. et al, Silver: Wonders from the East – Filigree of the Tsars, Lund Humphries/Hermitage Amsterdam, 2006.

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