Pair of signed Jugendstil / Arts and Crafts / Art Nouveau casket boxes made of mother of pearl mounted in gilt silver with figures of women and trees. Made late 19th
century 1880 - 1899 by Andreas Fischer, in Vienna.
Each casket is a little over 3 1/4 inches long at the back and 1 5/8 inches high.
The front is convex or bowed. The lid is mounted in a sterling silver, gilt washed frame,which deviates in the front center to form a marvellous depiction of
a maiden standing over an arch, in front of a flowering tree. There are many levels: the background is the white mother of pearl that forms most of the box.
Within the arch of the metal, it is iridescent in shades that glitter with the angle that light catches it - from pink through green to yellow. The relief
sculpted tree with chrysanthemums on top shows typical aesthetic movement attention to stretched and stylised natural forms. The gilding is worn in many
parts on the silver. The top of each box has a raised silver monogram MTC.
The back of each box is hallmarked with a head facing right and a maker's mark A.F. for Andreas Fischer of Vienna, Austria. The marks were verified by the V&A Museum, thanks to Anthony B.
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