Friday, May 3, 2013

Mastery of Design: The Louise of Denmark "Fly" Box, Early Nineteenth Century

Silver Gilt Box set with European Cut Diamonds and Table-Cut Rubies and Emeralds
Bequest of Queen Louise of Denmark
Crown Copyright
The Royal Collection
Image Courtesy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

In 1926, Queen Mary was bequeathed this handsome, jeweled box from Queen Louise of Denmark.  The silver-gilt box is set with rubies, emeralds and diamonds within a black enamel border.  Curiously, the jewels form the shape of a fly.  

While we know that the box was made in Denmark, it's hard to decide on the year of creation, but all signs point to it having been made in the early Nineteenth Century or Late Eighteenth.

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