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A Dutch filigree and parcel-gilt silver tobacco box, Isacq Samuel Busard, The Hague, 1741
Estimate
5,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 10,625 GBP
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682
A Dutch filigree and parcel-gilt silver tobacco box, Isacq Samuel Busard, The Hague, 1741
Estimate
5,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 10,625 GBP
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A Dutch filigree and parcel-gilt silver tobacco box, Isacq Samuel Busard, The Hague, 1741
square with canted corners and panelled sides, applied all-over with ornate silver-gilt filigree ornament, the bun finial with central applied filigree flowerhead
13.3cm., 5 1/4 in. wide
661.5gr., 21oz. 5dwt.
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Provenance

Sotheby's, Paris, 10 April 2008, lot 122

Catalogue Note

Isaac Samuel Busard, of French Huguenot origin, was born in 1706 and became a master of the Hague silversmiths' guild in 1731. J.W. Frederiks described his work as 'unsurpassed. [Busard was] endowed with a fine taste for ornament.' J.W. Fredericks, Dutch Silver, vol. 2, The Hague, 1958, p. 173.

The partial application of gold filigree to Dutch 18th century silver is highly unusual, and is thought to have been influenced by Russian or Dutch colonial models. Busard was one of the few makers who employed the technique though in his case the application always covered the total surface rather than a part as it does here. Normally boxes or caskets such as this were manufactured in and imported from the Dutch colony of Batavia, although one casket with filigree mounts is recorded from 1761 by the Hague goldsmith Christoffel Radijs with the filigree thought to have been made in the Far East

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