Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Box

Box

  • Place of origin:

    France (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    1650-1699 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver filigree and sheet silver with floral and cherub's head appliques inset with a crystal heart

  • Museum number:

    4506-1858

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Filigree is the technique of using curled wires as decoration. It became popular in northern Europe in the second half of the 17th century, when it was used in all kinds of fashionable small ‘toys’ and trinkets.

In this box, the plain filigree base is entirely covered with small appliques of silver foil stamped in baroque shapes of flowers, leaves and winged angel’s heads. It is not known where this specific version of the technique originated but it may have been in France as several of the surviving pieces have French associations.

Physical description

Heart-shaped silver filigree box with straight sides and a lid which pushes on. The sides of the box and the top of the lid are made of open filigree and the lip of the lid and the base of the box of thin sheet silver. There is a heart-shaped piece of rock crystal set in the centre of the lid. The filigree is made of thin ribbon wire overlaid with stamped appliques of flowers, leaves and winged cherub’s heads. The rim of the lid and the base of the setting for the rock crystal heart are made of twisted ribbon wire.

Place of Origin

France (possibly, made)

Date

1650-1699 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silver filigree and sheet silver with floral and cherub's head appliques inset with a crystal heart

Marks and inscriptions

Boar’s head facing right in a shaped frame.
Duty mark used on pieces of unknown origin and standard, Netherlands, 1831-1893.
On lip of lid.

Weevil in a shaped frame.
Mark for gold or silver of unknown standard imported into France, 1838-1864.
On lip of lid.

Boar’s head facing right in a shaped frame.
Duty mark used on pieces of unknown origin and standard, Netherlands, 1831-1893.
On inside of base, in centre.

Descriptive line

Heart-shaped silver filigree box with a crystal heart in the lid, France, 1650-1699.

Materials

Silver; Rock crystal

Techniques

Filigree

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Cherub

Categories

Metalwork; Containers

Collection

Metalwork Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.