Unique silver & shagreen cuttlefish box

Unique silver & shagreen cuttlefish box

£28,000

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Reference

1188

An extraordinary and unique box modelled as a large cuttlefish. The silver body is finely detailed and the form is overlaid with attractive grey/blue shagreen - stingray skin. The removable box cover is surmounted by a cast silver octopus finial, the eyes are tiger's eye semi-precious stones and the tentacles have been formed from exotic root wood.

Shagreen is the skin of a ray or shark with a characteristic rough surface from calcified scales which are commonly ground down to leave the surface with an overall pattern of rounded bumps. Shagreen was first used in Europe by Jean-Claude Galluchat, a leatherworker to King Louis XV of France. The material proved so popular that it had found its way throughout Europe by the mid-18th century.

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Dimensions:

Height 200 mm / 7 2932"
Width 930 mm / 36 1932"
Depth 330 mm / 13 332"
Year

c1970

Place

Thailand

Condition

Excellent

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