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Antique French Finely Carved Ivory Pill Box

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All Items: Antiques: Decorative Art: Organics: Ivory: Pre 1920: item # 1181853

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Antique French Finely Carved Ivory Pill Box
The Art and Orchid Gallery's round ivory pill box was hand carved on the cover as well as the sides and bottom of the box in micro-fine old French motifs. The ornamental designs on the bottom and sides can also be observed on 15th to 17th Century French repousse, champleve enamels and accessories to paintings.[206A] The square fret work is found in 18th Century ceramic patterns.[26B] The cover seems to be an armorial design totally symmetrical through the center of the fountain with birds, trees, swans and streaming water equally on either side. This is a classical design and similar images with spraying fountains, florals, animals and birds can be from the 15th to 16th Century.[109C, 207D] These symmetrical and formal designs are also characteristic of armorial pieces and the carved ivory box may have been made for a French 19th Century family. The piece is a micro-carving with images less than 1/64 of an inch, discernible under magnification. The pill box is in very good or better condition with no age cracks. There are two chips on the inside lip (see photo), only seen when the box is uncovered. The box is ivory, not bone, and passes all tests including grain structure.[11E] References available upon request. Size: ~ 1" H x 1 5/8"; Weight: ~ 12 grams;


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