Thursday, March 08, 2007

Not a thimble, part six.

But if it were a thimble, it would be the most insanely beautiful one ever. It is, instead, a "table box," which I imagine is a box that one plops onto a table, though I wouldn't have thought to call it that. It is five inches tall and carved from ivory and thimble-shaped! It is up for auction at Bonhams & Butterfields in San Francisco.
Auction Nitty Gritty from Bonhams:
Sale 14793 - SoMa Estate Auction, 11 March 2007
Bonhams & Butterfields
220 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: 1 (415) 861-7500
Lot No: 6576
"A continental 13 standard silver and carved ivory table box
Maker's mark G.G. in rectangle surmounted by a rose, late 19th century
The cylindrical section of ivory carved in high relief with a continuous dancing ring of putti draped with fruiting vines centered with a goat shown in the background, fitted with a silver footed base ring and base and at the top, a collar ring with hinged domed cover showing a similar scene of putti.
Height: 5in.
Estimate: $2,000 - 3,000"

Update: Sold for $2,750 plus Premium and tax.

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