Men's or Women's: Unisex. This lovely item was handmade by an Italian artisan for Peruzzi, in the manner of Guido Reni, as the box features a floral motif with the motif of Apollo in the sun. Traditionally, this box would have been used to store pills or snuff. To create the hollow box, repousse metalworking techniques would have been used to hand hammer sterling silver into the desired shape.
This item is extremely tarnished in places, which is to be expected of an item this age. The price of this item has been reduced to reflect this. This listing is for the item only. The Georgian era is known for its hand-crafted designs, which were heavily influenced by world exploration.
A few signatures of this era were high karat gold, cameos, chatelaine accessories, foil-backed stones, rivière necklaces, memento mori and mourning jewelry, and rose and mine cut diamonds. While the jewelry from this era began to see designs from all over the world, jewelry from abroad was still very expensive to acquire due to sea travel. Between age and difficulty of acquirement, jewelry from the Georgian era are rare finds and amazing pieces of history. Repoussé began as an ancient metalworking technique dating as far back as the 3rd century BC, involving malleable metal that was hammered onto the reverse side to create an image on the front.
Examples are found all over the world; Greece, Egypt, and even the Hopewell periods in the American southeast. Reverse side hammering was also used to add detail to the front, creating intricate patterns using grooves, indentations, and channeling. The piece was then carefully polished to create a hollow, eye-catching treasure.
The item "Antique Vintage Georgian Style Sterling 800 Silver GUIDO RENI Pillbox Snuff Box" is in sale since Sunday, July 21, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Vanity, Perfume & Shaving\Pill Boxes".The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.