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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