Here we have an absolutely stunning carved mother of pearl box with silver mounts. I believe this box would date to around 1800 and was likely made in China. Pieces like this were often made for export to France and this one shows a scene on the top of what looks like silk merchants measuring cloth with a whole host of ships in the background waiting for export. It is of elongated octagonal form with the sides all carved with flowers and a plain mother of pearl base. Likely originally used as a table snuff box. The silver mounts have a mark right under the thumb clip but years of opening and closing have made this illegible. The quality of the cameo type carving on this box is very high, one of the best and most interesting I have ever seen. It measures approximately 4 inches or 102mm wide by 2.25 inches or 57mm deep by 1.25 inches or 32mm tall. Good condition, The structure of the box is sound, the hinge great and the lid tight fitting. The back left small panel is slightly loose when touched from the inside but this is barely worth mentioning. The big issue as you can see is the 2 cracks to the top of the piece, boxes made from this material and of this age are very often cracked so it can be forgiven. The quality of this box also lets the owner forgive such an issue. Please view the photos closely as they will tell you more than words ever could. A lovely vintage box ideal for any serious collector. Please make sure you view the photographs closely a they make up a large part of the description, if you need to know anything specific please just ask. Please my other items as I have a lot of high quality interesting items for sale. IF YOU NEED ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR PICTURES PLEASE ASK. I always obtain proof of posting. All items will be packed to the highest standard using recycled materials. 1 day dispatch is only available on items paid within 24 hours of the auctions end, we post on Mondays and Tuesdays and any item paid for after the 24 hour period will be dispatched at our convenience. Anyone returning an item will have to have a legitimate grievance where it is clear I have misrepresented an item and not a case of where an item was assumed to be something it is not. All items are from a pet owning and smoking home. Please note it is only the described item included in the listings, other items are for display purposes only. If you are in any doubt please don’t hesitate to contact me. All my items are vintage or antique and as such are used, they will show signs of wear that would be expected on used items of age, any major imperfection will be stated in the listing but normal wear will not be, please ask if unsure. The item “A Superb Chinese Silver & Mother of Pearl Snuff Box Carved Silk Trade View c1800″ is in sale since Tuesday, January 16, 2018. This item is in the category “Antiques\Asian/Oriental Antiques\Chinese\Boxes”. The seller is “tinsonant” and is located in Aylesbury. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Product: Box
- Age: Pre-1800
- Region of Origin: Chinese
- Primary Material: Silver/ Mother of Pearl
- Original/Repro: Antique Original
- Features: Handcarved
- Chinese Dynasty: Qing (1644-1911)