Friday, January 4, 2013

Mastery of Design: The Revelstoke Bloodstone Box, 1910

Bloodstone, Gold and Diamond Box, c. 1910
Given to HM Queen Mary by Lord Revelstoke, 1910
Crown Copyright
The Royal Collection
Image Courtesy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

This handsome circular box is crafted of bloodstone with shaped sides. The center of the cover is surmounted by a chased gold mount depicting, on a field of flowers, Cupid. The outer edge is set with an undulating band of brilliant-cut diamonds intertwined with an enamel foliate border. The hinges and other mounts are reeded gold.

The box was a birthday gift to Queen Mary, consort of King George V, presented on May 26, 1910 by Lord Revelstoke.

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