EXPORT SILVER FILIGREE BOX WITH RUSSIAN MOUNTS
QING DYNASTY, CIRCA 1780
the rectangular box with a network of silver filigree attached to the exterior of the hinged lid and sides, the filigree depicting various patterns including petals, quatrefoils, spirals and fish-scales, the sides decorated with four butterflies, the lid applied with Russian hardstone-set yellow metal mounts
Two similar silver filigree boxes can be found in the collection of Catherine the Great, now housed in the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg. See Catherine Phillips: Treasures of Catherine the Great, p. 218.