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Italian Modernist 800° Silver, Agate, Malachite, Nacre & Wood Box, ca. 1960

$1,950

About the Item

ABOUT BOX This unusual, finely handcrafted tabletop box most likely was intended to hold money. It unmistakable appearance immediately evokes the distinctive mid-20th century Italian modernist style - a combination of refined simplicity and luxury that has always been the hallmark of Italian design. Framed in heavy cast silver, the bottom surface and the surface of the top lid are made from solid slabs of black agate. The dynamic decorative geometric pattern of natural semi-precious stones covers the top slab with richly inlaid malachite ovals of different sizes and mother-of-pearl triangles of irregular shape. Moreover, these simple geometric elements are organized in such a way that a complete illusion of constant chaotic movement is created. The inside of the box is made of pear wood. MARKINGS Fully marked with ‘800°’, ‘Italy’ and ‘Made in Italy’ on silver edges. On the bottom slab of the box, the initial 'W' (unidentified work master) is inlaid. DIMENSIONS Height: 1 1/16 inches Width: 6 5/16 inches Depth: 3 7/8 inches.
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 1.07 in (2.72 cm)Width: 6.32 in (16.06 cm)Depth: 3.88 in (9.86 cm)
  • Style:
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques:
    Silver,Cast
  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    circa 1960
  • Condition:
    Wear consistent with age and use. We make our best effort to provide a fair and descriptive condition report. Please examine photos attentively, as they are an integral part of the description. Send us a message to request more details or discuss price.
  • Seller Location:
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU2819329322742

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