Lot 237
  • 237

Agate, coral and gem set cigarette box, Alfredo Ravasco, 1930s

4,000 - 6,000 GBP
60,000 GBP
bidding is closed


  • agate, coral, see-pearls, rubies, sapphires
The carved agate rectangular box surmounted with two carved coral fish, exhaling seed pearl bubbles, each with ruby cabochon eyes, signed A Ravasco, measuring approximately 170 x 110 x 75mm (including fish), inscribed to hinges "6 Febbraio 1939", Italian assay and maker's marks to hinges.


Exhibited at the Villa Necchi Campiglio, Milan, October 2015.


Cf: Sotheby's London 22nd July 2008, Lot 398 for an example of a similar agate cigarette box by Alfredo Ravasco, mounted with three coral fish.

Catalogue Note

Alfredo Ravasco reached the height of success in the 1920s and became one of the main representatives of the Modernist movement without ignoring the more traditional concepts of jewellery design. A connoisseur of 1920's Parisian fashions, Ravasco created jewellery that was unique and stylish often with geometric patterns, using bright, sometimes contrasting colours as a background to diamonds and gems.

Ravasco was meticulous in his art, paying the utmost attention to even the smallest detail. His favourite subjects were fish, flowers, fruit and leaves.