Antique Sri Lankan Silver Snuff Box, Floral Motifs, Repousse Late 19Th C.

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Seller: jcohenantiques (167) 100%, Location: London, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 202596297337 ANTIQUE SRI LANKAN SILVER SNUFF BOX, FLORAL MOTIFS, REPOUSSE LATE 19TH C. This Sri Lankan silver box was made in the late 19th century and has been ornamented using repousse and engraving techniques. A flower with eight petals sits in the centre of the lid. Winding leaves burst out from this flower across the box. A series of beaded borders surround this panel, leading to the edge of the lid, which is comprised of two ridges, allowing for the box to be opened with ease. Similar repousse floral patterns decorate the panels on the sides of the box. The underside, while also adorning floral motifs, uses engraving techniques. A gorgeous, blooming flower takes the focal point of the underside with large, luscious leaves that flow freely. Attracted by the spices and gemstones which came from the island of Sri Lanka (Ceylon), the Portuguese were the first European nation to arrive in Sri Lanka in 1505, the Dutch arrived nearly 100 years later, and finally the British, in the latter part of the 17th century. By 1815, Britain had gained control of the whole island which was known as British Ceylon until 1948, when the island gained its independence, then Ceylon until 1972 when Sri Lanka became a republic. The early colonial settlers commented on the outstanding quality craftsmanship and artistic excellence of the Sinhalese who worked with precious metals, rare tropical hardwoods, ivory, and tortoiseshell. Size – Height 3.5cms; Width 6cms; Length 11.5cms Weight – 136 grammes Please message me with any queries. Thank you for looking and don’t forget to check my other listings for antique European, Indian, Middle Eastern, Chinese and Asian silver. I am always interested in purchasing individual items or entire collections of high-quality silver, particularly antique items from Asia, India and the Middle East. If you are looking to sell, please contact me with details. Condition: Generally good, though there are some slight signs of wear and use, which do not detract. The lid closes smoothly., Product: Boxes, Age: 1850-1899, Pattern: Repousse, Composition: Solid Silver

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