* A Continental Gold and Opal Casket Retailed by Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Company Ltd., London, Late 19th/Early 20th Century rectangular, the sides and hinged cover formed of opal parquetry, the gold frame with foliate-wrapped columns at corners and borders of leaf-tips and flowers apparently unmarked Length 6 1/2 inches
Estimate $ 8,000-12,000
Provenance: Christie's, Paris, 24 June 2003, lot 118 Property from the Estate of Gerard L. Cafesjian, Naples, Florida
The metal content of the frame has not been definitively identified. The surfaces are gold in color and a significant portion of the outer and inner metal surfaces show significant discoloration/tarnish. It is believed the material is gilt or gold over silver but no destructive tests have been performed so solid gold cannot be ruled out.
The opal sections of the box are fully intact and show no readily apparent wear. The opal surfaces show varying degrees of play-of-color from strong with intensely saturated colors to areas of potch (non play-of-color). The metal surfaces show scattered minor to moderate wear consisting of scratches and dents.