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  • Place of origin:

    netherlands (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    1690-1740 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver filigree and gilt

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Filigree, of the kind used in this box, was developed in Iberia in the late 16th century and had spread to the rest of the continent by the end of the following century. During that period it was highly fashionable and was used for trinkets and ‘toys’ of all kinds.

This box probably dates from the late 17th or early 18th century. It is not known where it was made, although it carries a French import mark from the early 19th century.

Physical description

Oval filigree box with flat top and base and straight sides, with a lid that pushes on. The top and sides, both of the box and the lid, are made of open filigree and the base of sheet silver. The top and base are edged with a border of gallery wire which extends beyond the sides. The lid has a central oval medallion of gilded filigree and the whole is decorated with square appliques.

Place of Origin

netherlands (possibly, made)


1690-1740 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silver filigree and gilt

Marks and inscriptions

Monogram ‘ET’ with crown above in a shaped frame.
Mark for silver imported into France from countries without mutual customs conventions, 1809-1819.
On inner rim of bottom part.


Height: 1.125 in, Width: 3 in, Depth: 2.5 in

Descriptive line

Oval silver filigree box with a gilt centre, possibly the Netherlands, 1690-1740.

Production Note

Possibly made in Great Britain.


Silver; Silver-gilt


Amalgam gilding; Filigree


Containers; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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