Posted 6 years ago
One of a pair, an early Ebay buy 10 years ago.
Insects inlays made of stones and coral, in Shibayama technique, I never seen that on a stone base (always on ivory or boxwood).
Mount is base metal (pomponne?).
1.3/4" or 4.5cm diameter, crystalline structure very hard stone, suspect white jade :-)
It had a glued decor made of hard stones minutely carved, which had many lacks and damages!
This decor is rather younger than the box itself!
Seems 1920 on a 19th century box!
Of course, I repaired lacking insects, with white polymer irised clay and tiny opals :-)
Only intact was the coral Ladybird!