Unusual Silver VINAIGRETTE: Figural - Hound
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Directory: Vintage Arts: Decorative Art: Metals: Silver: Pre 1930: item # 1173087
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223 Egremont Plain Road PMB Box 148
North Egremont, MA 01230-2284
917 881 4973
Measurements: 1 1/8" diameter x 3/8" depth
I am referring to this small figural box as a vinaigrette because of the open work top and the cotton which was originally held within the box. In vinaigrettes, the cotton would be soaked in scent - cologne or perfume.
The tiny knob is used pull apart the top and bottom halves.
Although unmarked, I tested the metal and it is silver - guaranteed as such. As always, photographed in original, unpolished condition.
The design is of a dog sitting happily within many leaved plants. All of the surface design appears to be hand scribed, giving all of the figures charming detail. I am assuming that the open work was also hand cut - similar to fretwork when the material is wood rather than metal.
The dog appears to be a large hunting hound - perhaps a greyhound or a lurcher.