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A FINE CHINESE EXPORT SILVER-GILT AND SILVER FILIGREE CASKET
A FINE CHINESE EXPORT SILVER-GILT AND SILVER FILIGREE CASKET

CANTON, CIRCA 1750

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A FINE CHINESE EXPORT SILVER-GILT AND SILVER FILIGREE CASKET
CANTON, CIRCA 1750
Serpentine rectangular, the cover and sides applied with fine filigree work, the cover with a stylized flowerhead and the sides with panels of varying trellis patterns, the cover applied with a silver-gilt cinquefoil and the sides with two silver-gilt bail handles, the interior fully lined in silver-gilt and the interior cover engraved with a coat-of-arms in a rococo cartouche, apparently unmarked
7 in. (17.8 cm.) long; 20 oz. 10 dwt. (649 gr.)
Provenance
The arms are those of Smythe-Pigot

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Lot Essay

Catherine the Great, who shared the same fascination with Chinoiserie as other European monarchs, owned seven caskets of similar form as part of her dressing plate. Two of these closely related caskets, now at the Hermitage, are illustrated in Mikhail B. Piotrovski, Treasures of Catherine the Great, State Hermitage Museum, ex. cat., Somerset House, 2000, illus. p. 218. Queen Charlotte, consort of George III, also owned filigree pieces, including "A frame for a toilet glass, of silver filigree" (Christie's, 17-18 May, 1819, lot 90, as cited in Piotrovski, op. cit., p. 211).

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