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Rectangular box with hinged lid and lock in front, supported by four seated lions. From the inside out are gilded silver (gilded copper on the lid), linen rag paper with gold leaf, tortoiseshell, cut-out thin silver tracery, and cast gilded silver tracery. Around the edges are silver-gilt...

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Late 19th or early 20th century, possibly made by Louis Marcy (b. Luigi Francesco Giovanni Parmiggiani) or his workshop, London and Paris [see note 1]. Nicolas Landau (b. 1887 - d. 1979), Paris. 1953, John Hunt, London and Dublin; 1953, sold by Hunt to the MFA for £350. (Accession Date: November 12, 1953) NOTES: [1] For further discussion of the provenance of this object see Nancy Netzer, Catalogue of Medieval Objects: Metalwork (Boston: MFA, 1991), pp. 167-168, cat. no. A1.

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Arthur Mason Knapp Fund

European, Imitation of Gothic, Late 19th to early 20th century

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5. x 8.6 x 6.2 cm (1 15/16 x 3 3/8 x 2 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Metal; tortoiseshell, boxwood, copper alloys (brass and bronze), glass, gold leaf on linen rag paper and gilding on silver (95.4% silver, 4.6% copper)