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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