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A variety of patterned sheets of intricate filigree have been used for this, including fish scale pattern, circular and quatrefoil.  To the cover, an eye-catching stylised floral and scrolling foliate panel showcases the variety of differently designed filigree panels.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLike many European rulers during the 18\u003csup\u003eth\u003c\/sup\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003ecentury, Russian Empress, Catherine the Great, loved filigree and she amassed the world’s largest single collection of Chinese silver filigree, now housed in the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg.  This box is almost identical to a set of seven similar caskets which formed part of Catherine the Great’s 32 piece silver filigree toilet set.  Please refer to the photograph below (last image) which shows only five of the boxes.  Queen Charlotte, wife of George III of England was another devotee of Chinese filigree.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cem\u003eProvenance:\u003c\/em\u003e       U.S. art market\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cem\u003eSize:\u003c\/em\u003e                       Height 6.5 cms, width 16 cms, depth 14 cms\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cem\u003eWeight:\u003c\/em\u003e                525 grammes\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cem\u003e \u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cem\u003eReferences:\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eChristies, Lot 171, Sale 2373, 19\u003csup\u003eth\u003c\/sup\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eMay 2010, New York\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eChristies, Lot 200A, Sale 2474, 21\u003csup\u003est\u003c\/sup\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eOctober 2011, New York\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMikhail B. Piotrovsky, ‘\u003cem\u003eTreasures of Catherine the Great’,\u003c\/em\u003e 2001, Harry N Abrams,\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMikhail Piotrovsky, ‘\u003cem\u003eSilver Wonders from the East – Filigree of the Tsars’\u003c\/em\u003e, 2006, Lund Humphries Publishers Ltd, 2006\u003c\/p\u003e"}

Antique Chinese Export Silver-gilt & Silver Filigree Casket Canton, China C. 1750

Product Description

This rare and exceptionally fine Chinese silver-gilt casket of rectangular serpentine shape dates from the mid-eighteenth century, although unmarked, it was probably made in Canton, China.

 

The hinged cover and sides have been covered with a trellis of the finest filigree work which has been laid over the gilt casket and held securely in position by the silver trim at the edges. A variety of patterned sheets of intricate filigree have been used for this, including fish scale pattern, circular and quatrefoil.  To the cover, an eye-catching stylised floral and scrolling foliate panel showcases the variety of differently designed filigree panels.

 

Like many European rulers during the 18th century, Russian Empress, Catherine the Great, loved filigree and she amassed the world’s largest single collection of Chinese silver filigree, now housed in the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg.  This box is almost identical to a set of seven similar caskets which formed part of Catherine the Great’s 32 piece silver filigree toilet set.  Please refer to the photograph below (last image) which shows only five of the boxes.  Queen Charlotte, wife of George III of England was another devotee of Chinese filigree.

 

Provenance:       U.S. art market

Size:                       Height 6.5 cms, width 16 cms, depth 14 cms

Weight:                525 grammes

 

References:

 

Christies, Lot 171, Sale 2373, 19th May 2010, New York

 

Christies, Lot 200A, Sale 2474, 21st October 2011, New York

 

Mikhail B. Piotrovsky, ‘Treasures of Catherine the Great’, 2001, Harry N Abrams,

 

Mikhail Piotrovsky, ‘Silver Wonders from the East – Filigree of the Tsars’, 2006, Lund Humphries Publishers Ltd, 2006

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