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Modern Decorative Boxes

MODERN STYLE

The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw sweeping social change and major scientific advances — both of which contributed to a new aesthetic: modernism. Rejecting the rigidity of Victorian artistic conventions, modernists sought a new means of expression. References to the natural world and ornate classical embellishments gave way to the sleek simplicity of the Machine Age. Architect Philip Johnson characterized the hallmarks of modernism as “machine-like simplicity, smoothness or surface [and] avoidance of ornament.”

Early practitioners of modernist design include the De Stijl (“The Style”) group, founded in the Netherlands in 1917, and the Bauhaus School, founded two years later in Germany.

Followers of both groups produced sleek, spare designs — many of which became icons of daily life in the 20th century. The modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics. While Bauhaus principals Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created furniture from mass-produced, chrome-plated steel, American visionaries like Charles and Ray Eames worked in materials as novel as molded plywood and fiberglass. Today, Breuer’s Wassily chair, Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chaircrafted with his romantic partner, designer Lilly Reich — and the Eames lounge chair are emblems of progressive design and vintage originals are prized cornerstones of collections.

It’s difficult to overstate the influence that modernism continues to wield over designers and architects — and equally difficult to overstate how revolutionary it was when it first appeared a century ago. But because modernist furniture designs are so simple, they can blend in seamlessly with just about any type of décor. Don’t overlook them.

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Style: Modern
Vintage Porcelain Capodimonte Trinket Box with Flower Detail
Located in East Quogue, NY
Exquisite vintage white Capodimonte square porcelain trinket box with floral detail lid. Simple and elegant, the box lid is adorned with sculpted white flowers with painted 24k Gold ...
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Early 20th Century Italian Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Ceramic, Porcelain

Large English Modern Sterling Silver Box, 1927
Located in New York, NY
George V sterling silver box. Made by Henry Matthews in Birmingham in 1927. Rectangular with straight sides and curved corners. Cover hinged and tabbed. Box interior cedar-lined and ...
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1920s British Vintage Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Sterling Silver

Heart table box Yellow enamel Sterling Silver Salimbeni
Located in Firenze, FI
Heart-shaped table box in 925/1000 sterling silver with translucent enamel fired on guilloche above and below. Contemporary modern style. Dimensions cm. 9 x 9.5 cm high. 3.Weight gr....
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1990s Italian Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Gold, Enamel, Sterling Silver, Gold Plate

Tronador Square Bordeaux Onyx Stone Box
Located in Buenos Aires, AR
The shape of the inactive Tronador volcano reminded us of the pyramid shaped idea of our boxes that make up this collection. With a rectangular or square base, the box is a reflectio...
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2010s Argentine Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Stone, Onyx

Tronador Rectangular Blue Onyx Stone Box
Located in Buenos Aires, AR
The shape of the inactive Tronador volcano reminded us of the pyramid shaped idea of our boxes that make up this collection. With a rectangular or square base, the box is a reflectio...
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2010s Argentine Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Stone, Onyx

Modern Serving Tray Calacatta Marble Walnut Handmade Portugal Lusitanus Home
Located in Lisboa, PT
Guadiana serving tray, Lusitanus Home Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Lusitanus Home. Guadiana is a sublime serving tray, designed to uplift layback moments. Handcra...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Marble

Set/2 Boxes, White and Light-Blue, Handmade in Portugal by Lusitanus Home
Located in Lisboa, PT
Lanzarote Boxes, Lusitanus Home Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Lusitanus Home. Lanzarote box set includes two wooden boxes, perfect to be displayed together and enr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Decorative Boxes

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Gold Leaf

Set/2 Pots, Ceramic Pots, Green, Handmade in Portugal by Lusitanus Home
Located in Lisboa, PT
Chaucer Pots, Lusitanus Home Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Lusitanus Home. This beautiful set includes two waterproof ceramic pots with lid, perfect to be displayed together and enrich your room decor. Each piece has its own elegant silhouette in mint-green glazed ceramic with gloss finish plus hand turned beech wood base and lid lacquered in bronze gold-powder. Set of 2 Ceramic Pots Chaucer...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Gold Leaf, Brass

Set/2 Pineapple Ceramic Pots, Black, Handmade in Portugal by Lusitanus Home
Located in Lisboa, PT
Pineapple Decorative Pots, Lusitanus Home Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Lusitanus Home. This beautiful set includes two waterproof ceramic pots with lid, perfect t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Gold

Kleenera Travertine Marble Tissue Holder
Located in Mexico City, MX
Indulge in the epitome of opulence with the Kleenera Tissue Holder, a creation meticulously hand carved from pure, pristine marble. Crafted with artisanal expertise, this objet trans...
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2010s Mexican Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Marble

Set/2 Porcelain Vases, Tang Vases, White, Handmolded & Hand Decorated
Located in Lisboa, PT
Set/2 Tang Porcelain Vases, Lusitanus Home Collection by Lusitanus Home. Real chinese porcelain vase produced by hand with traditional methods. Waterproof. The nacre finish makes ea...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Porcelain

Set/5 Ceramic Pots, White & Grey, Handmade in Portugal by Lusitanus Home
Located in Lisboa, PT
Graham pots, Lusitanus Home Collection, handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Lusitanus Home. This beautiful set includes three waterproof ceramic pots with lid, perfect to be displ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Ceramic

Set/2 Boxes, Wooden Boxes, Cream, Handmade in Portugal by Lusitanus Home
Located in Lisboa, PT
Dandara Boxes, Lusitanus Home Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Lusitanus Home. Dandara box set includes two wooden boxes, perfect to be displayed together and enrich ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Brass, Gold Leaf, Metal

Tronador Square Blue Onyx Stone Box
Located in Buenos Aires, AR
The shape of the inactive Tronador volcano reminded us of the pyramid shaped idea of our boxes that make up this collection. With a rectangular or square base, the box is a reflectio...
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2010s Argentine Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Stone, Onyx

Contemporary Decorative Box Handmade Crystal and Boise De Rose by Ghirò Studio
Located in Pieve Emanuele, Milano
2023 Collection of Decorative boxes by Ghiró Studio. The type of craftsmanship and the materials used for the production make this box a unique object, in fact it is impossible to...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Glass, Rosewood

Tronador Square Black Onyx Stone Box
Located in Buenos Aires, AR
The shape of the inactive Tronador volcano reminded us of the pyramid shaped idea of our boxes that make up this collection. With a rectangular or square base, the box is a reflectio...
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2010s Argentine Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Stone, Onyx

Tronador Rectangular Black Onyx Stone Box
Located in Buenos Aires, AR
The shape of the inactive Tronador volcano reminded us of the pyramid shaped idea of our boxes that make up this collection. With a rectangular or square base, the box is a reflectio...
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2010s Argentine Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Onyx, Stone

Ink Blue/Natural Horn Checkerboard Box
Located in New York, NY
Decorative keepsake/jewelry box clad in hand incised natural horn and ink blue dyed bone tiles hand set on a wood structure. A great addition to any desk or coffee table.
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Bone, Wood

Bone, Horn Patchwork Box
Located in New York, NY
Decorative keepsake, jewelry box clad in geometric horn and bone tiles, some with hand engraving, lined in wood. A great addition to any desk or coffee table.
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Bone, Horn, Wood

1980s Modernist White and Pink Lucite and Silver Italian Rectangular Vanity Box
Located in Aci Castello, IT
This italian Vanity Box encapsulates the exuberance and style of its era, offering a compelling synthesis of form, function, and aesthetic appeal. It serves as both a practical stora...
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Late 20th Century Italian Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Silver

Maison Lancel Paris Chrome Decorative Lidded Box
Located in Atlanta, GA
Maison Lancel Paris designed and crafted this stylish decorative lidded box in the 1980s. The minimalist rectangular shape has a sleek design with polished chromed metal complemented...
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1980s French Vintage Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Maitland-Smith Oversized Tessellated Marble Stone Box
Located in Atlanta, GA
A spectacular lidded box designed by Maitland-Smith in the 1980s, rendered in tessellated marble, stone, travertine, and brass. The pyramidal square-shaped design boasts sand beige, ...
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1980s American Vintage Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Marble, Travertine, Stone, Metal, Brass

Blue and Gold Enamel Box
Located in New York, NY
Contemporary blue and gold enamel box with lid. Condition: Excellent, minor wear consistent with age and use. Width: 7.5” Depth: 6” Height: 5.25”
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2010s Italian Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Copper, Enamel

1960s Modern Italian Marble and Brass Footed Box
Located in Richmond, VA
Listed is a stunning, 1960s Italian marble and brass footed box. The piece has small, polished solid-brass balled feet at each corner with a larger, ball on the lid. Incredibly heavy...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Marble, Brass

Large English Modern Sterling Silver Box, 1914
Located in New York, NY
George V sterling silver box. Made by Sampson Mordan in London in 1914. Rectangular with straight sides and curved corners. Cover hinged with tapering tab and gently curved top. Ceda...
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1910s British Vintage Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Sterling Silver

English Modern Sterling Silver Box with Scottish Agate Thistle
Located in New York, NY
English Modern sterling silver box, 1919. Rectangular with straight sides. Cover curved and hinged with short tab; on top inlaid agate in form of stylized thistle in rondel. Silver l...
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1910s British Vintage Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Agate, Sterling Silver

XXI Century Italian Sterling Silver Modern Table Box
Located in VALENZA, IT
XXI Century Italian Sterling Silver Modern Table Box Modern style 925 sterling silver table box. The box is square in shape and the edge of the body is lined. The lid is hinged and h...
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21st Century and Contemporary European Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Sterling Silver

Antique German Silver Playing Card Box
Located in New York, NY
German 800 silver playing card box, ca 1920. Rectangular with straight sides. Cover hinged with chamfered tab; top flat with two glazed windows faced with a King of Hearts and Queen ...
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Early 20th Century German Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Silver

Vintage Fendi Striped Trinket Box
Located in San Diego, CA
Unique and interesting trinket box by Fendi. This vintage piece from the early 1990s is made in leather and covered in the classic Fendi stripe fabric de...
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1990s Italian Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Leather, Fabric

Contemporary Bronze Ashtray, LINES by Reda Amalou, 2015
Located in Paris, FR
The solid bronze ashtray is designed with a patterned removable top. The motif used here, a repetition of lines and voids, has been developed by Reda Amalou and is used in several pieces of the Reda Amalou Collection. The Bronze ashtray is 135 x 135 x 65mm H This design exists also in a tiny incense...
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21st Century and Contemporary Vietnamese Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Brass, Bronze

Ghidini 1961 Small Knotted Cherry Box in Polished Brass
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Small box available in brass and rose gold finishes.   
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Brass

Large Mithé Espelt Box, Mayan Model
Located in charmes, FR
large box of espelt mithé, rare Mayan model, silver background on white and black in perfect condition
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1970s French Vintage Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Ceramic

1990s Modern Design Silver Plated French Jewelry Box by Christofle
Located in Aci Castello, IT
A stylish three-level round silver-plated box, designed by KT Studio for Christofle in 1998 with input from Thomas Keller and Adam Tihany, is a remarkable piece of modernist craftsma...
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Late 20th Century French Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Silver Plate

Modernist Tall Box with Wood Marquetry Patchwork, 1970s
Located in Atlanta, GA
This remarkable modernist decorative box dates back to the 1970s. It boasts a tall structure that's sure to capture anyone's attention. The box is square-shaped and features an inter...
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1970s American Vintage Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Metal, Chrome

French Vintage Silver Plate Bamboo Design Hinged Small Box Desk Accessory
Located in North Miami, FL
This lovely vintage silver-plate hinged box has raised and textural designs of bamboo forms in rows. The interior is wood and stained black. It is a heavy gage and makes a fabulous d...
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1970s French Vintage Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Silver Plate

Etched Horn Grid Pattern Box, 11x7
Located in New York, NY
Modernist handmade keepsake box clad in hand etched/scored horn. Horn over wood.
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Horn, Wood

21st Century Luxury 200 Piece Walnut Poker Set
Located in Oakhurst, NJ
Add some luxury to game nights with this 200 piece poker set walnut box. The box is constructed of 100% walnut hardwood with brass hardware and fittings. The...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Walnut

Small Porcelain Pot, Design Vintage 1960.
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Small Porcelain Pot, Design Vintage 1960. Vintage small porcelain pot, design, circa 1960, brand Homas, Germany.   h: 9cm , d: 9cm
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20th Century German Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Porcelain

Silver Plate and Wood Box with Agate Stone Slab Decor, Italy 1980s
By Studio Italia Design
Located in Atlanta, GA
This lovely 1980s Italian modernist silver-plate lidded box has a design reminiscent of Gabriella Crespi's elegant production. The minimalist rectangular shape has Macassar wood side...
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1980s Italian Vintage Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Agate, Metal, Silver Plate

Mademoiselle Georges Box III by Thomas Dariel
Located in Geneve, CH
Mademoiselle Georges box III by Thomas Dariel, Maison Dada Measures: D 16 x H 21 cm Material : Glossy glazed ceramic Mademoiselle Georges hails its name from Marguerite Georges,...
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2010s French Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Ceramic

Tiffany & Co. Clear Faceted Crystal Dresser Box
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous faceted crystal dresser box By Tiffany & Co. (signed at the base) USA, Late 20th Century Measures: 6.5"W x 4"D x 2.5"H. Very good original vintage condition.
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Late 20th Century American Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Crystal

Large French Table Box Made Of Colored Epoxy Resin
Located in Prato, Tuscany
We kindly suggest that you read the entire description, as with it we try to give you detailed technical and historical information to ensure the authenticity of our objects. Origina...
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Early 2000s French Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Epoxy Resin

Modernist Long and Flat Lucite Box, 1980s
By Studio Italia Design
Located in Atlanta, GA
This expressive modernist lidded box from the 1980s is made from Lucite and features an extra long and flat rectangular shape with an intricate clear and frosted geometric design. Th...
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1980s Italian Vintage Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Acrylic, Lucite, Plexiglass

Lino Sabattini, Italy Silver Plate Geometric Box, 1980s
Located in Atlanta, GA
Lino Sabattini for Sabattini Argenteria designed this elegant silver plate decorative box circa 1980. This tall-lidded box has a minimalist geometric design and can be displayed as a...
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Late 20th Century Italian Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Metal, Silver Plate

Pampaloni Italian Modern Sterling Silver Box
Located in New York, NY
Modern sterling silver box. Made by Pampaloni in Florence, Italy. Rectangular with straight sides and reeded base; cover flat and hinged with tab and low-relief band wrapping around ...
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Late 20th Century Italian Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Sterling Silver

Hand Built Sculptural Blue Glazed Ceramic Box with Fitted Lid
Located in Miami, FL
Hand Built Sculptural Blue Glazed Ceramic Box with Fitted Lid Offered for sale is a handmade blue glazed ceramic box that is signed and dated by Rexx Fischer. The box is both functi...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Ceramic

Fornasetti Wooden and Metal Box Serratura Black/White
Located in MILANO, IT
Like all Fornasetti accessories, the boxes turn an everyday action into an aesthetic experience. The Fornasetti boxes are a whimsical place to keep your most precious items. This ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Metal

Fabienne Jouvin-Paris Cloisonne 'Ouzbek' Box, Circa 1980s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Fabienne Jouvin-Paris Cloisonne 'Ouzbek' Box Designed by artesian Fabienne Jouvin-Paris Made in China, 1980s This stunning Fabienne Jouvin-Paris Cloisonné 'Ouzbek' Box, crafted in t...
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Late 20th Century Chinese Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Copper, Enamel

Top Quality Modernist Walnut Pill Box In English Sterling Silver - 1985
Located in Bath, GB
A truly fine piece of modern silver, hefty and beautifully made from English solid Sterling Silver in the form of a walnut. The hinged box has a little cut-out in the front to help...
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1980s British Vintage Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Sterling Silver

Medium Murano Frosted White Sommerso Square Glass Box, Contemporary
Located in Westport, CT
One of a kind Murano handcrafted medium square- shaped clear blown glass box with sommerso floating  frosted white orb center , customized sizing for each box with nickel on brass fi...
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2010s Italian Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Blown Glass

Woven Bone Document, Keepsake Box
Located in New York, NY
Contemporary document, keepsake box featuring bone tiles in a cheveron pattern over a wood structure. A great solution for remote control storage, or as a desk accessory.
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Bone, Wood, Bentwood

Sleek R&Y Augousti Inlaid Brass and Shell Box, Paris C.1990
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Sleek R&Y Augousti Inlaid Brass and Shell Box, Paris C.1990 Unmarked, Attributed to the R&Y Augousti Studios Made during the unparalleled style of 1990s Paris, this sleek, unmarked ...
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Late 20th Century French Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Brass

Michael Aram Tooled Silver Metal, Enamel Two Part Box With Brass Flower Top
Located in North Miami, FL
This lovely small round 2 part box is an early piece of the designs of MIchael Aram's work from the early 90's. It is a tooled design silver metal on the top of the box with a black...
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1990s Indian Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Metal, Brass, Enamel

GLOVER - Studio Pottery Raku Box - Turquoise Interior - Signed - Circa 1980's
Located in Chatham, ON
GLOVER - Vintage wheel thrown studio pottery dome lidded smoked raku box - unglazed exterior - bright turquoise glaze to the interior - signed on the base - c...
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Late 20th Century Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Ceramic

Silver Box with Deer Ornament on Lid, circa 1940
Located in New York City, NY
Silver Box with Deer Ornament on Lid, France, c. 1940 Elegant silver plated box with a sitting stag adorning the top. Additional Information: Materials: Silver Plated Metal Origin:...
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20th Century French Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Metal

Black Shagreen Tissue Box
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Italian black Shagreen tissue box with black leather presentation box designed by Fabio Bergomi for Fabio Ltd, made in Italy. Measures: Height...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Shagreen

Tessellated Marble Dome Top Box
Located in Norwalk, CT
Artfully crafted dome top box with inset panels of colored marble separated by brass bands. The inside of the box is lined with soft felt. Lid connected with a solid brass chain. In ...
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1980s Unknown Vintage Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Marble, Brass

Set of Twelve Black Shagreen Napkin Rings by Fabio Ltd
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Italian black shagreen and stainless steel napkin rings with matching black leather boxes designed by Fabio Bergomi for Fabio Ltd / Made in Italy Each ring has diameter 1.5 inches a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Stainless Steel

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