|Title:||Antique Tortoise Shell Stacking Boxes|
|Date/Era/Period:||19th century 1870-1890|
|Description:||Appears to be a stacking case of 5 tortoise-shell case with silver topper. Condition is excellent, but they have not been signed. Possibly made in tradition with the orientalist motifs of the late 19th century. If they are genuine tortoise shell and not synthetic, which was made before the UNESCO and importation laws, they are quite precious, fragile and expensive. The silver markings on top are repeated throughout and show nautical motifs, particularly the seahorses gamboling among seafoam. There is nothing to suggest that they were intended to be stacked. They were in fact made to reflect the Art Nouveau period with the decorations and signatures.|
|Provenance:||Estate of Jewelry Store Owner|
|Appraised By:||Rachael Goldman|
|Appraiser Comments:||These types of boxes were made in tradition with the designs of the period. They are simply excellent in condition with no crazing or chipping but they are fragile. They should be kept out of the direct path of sunlight because it is a shell that can fade. You really got a good deal on this set because often times they are not a complete set and are missing one or two. There are a range of values but the set is an excellent vision.|
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