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    Sale 5923

    Christie's Interiors - Style & Spirit

    12 May 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 331

    A RARE AND UNUSUAL SILVER-MOUNTED JAPANESE IVORY AND GEM-SET OKIMONO VINAIGRETTE-CUM-SEALING WAX HOLDER

    UNMARKED, THE MOUNTS PERHAPS FRENCH (BUT NO CONTROL MARKS), CIRCA 1875/85

    Price Realised  

    A RARE AND UNUSUAL SILVER-MOUNTED JAPANESE IVORY AND GEM-SET OKIMONO VINAIGRETTE-CUM-SEALING WAX HOLDER
    UNMARKED, THE MOUNTS PERHAPS FRENCH (BUT NO CONTROL MARKS), CIRCA 1875/85
    Modelled as rats or mice emerging from a stack of fruit, with silver foliate mounts above a girdle with raised bead motifs alternating with small engraved fleurs-de-lys, the top fruit pulls off to reveal a cylindrical sealing wax compartment, the one on the side also pulls off to reveal a small oval vinaigrette with diaperwork grille, on silver pedestal foot, the base now fitted with a mirror but probably originally fitted with a seal, in original fitted case.
    3 3/8 in. high (8.5 cm.)


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