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Fred Davis Sterling Box
Description:Wow! I was so pleased to find this large sterling silver vanity box made by none other than Fred Davis, circa 1948. This is not one of the more common tiny pill or snuff boxes, but a good sized box, probably used on a dresser or vanity -- measures 2 7/8" in diameter by 1 7/8" high.
The box is in 2 parts, a bottom and a lid. The lid has the most wonderful decoration of a rose and thistle. The decorative element on the top is all fantastic repousse work that has been applied to the flat sterling top -- it's just masterful, look at the detailed close ups -- some of the best I've seen.
Fred Davis, like Spratling, was American born and ventured to Mexico in the early 1900s to seek opportunity and a new way of living. Davis, according to the lengthy write up of him in Hougart's book, was an important and influential designer. Davis arrived in Mexico in 1910. He worked with many important silversmiths in Mexico City and Taxco to either execute his designs or to sell their own work. The artists include: Abraham Paz, Valentin Vidaurreta and William Spratling. In the 30s, Davis was the manager of Antiques and Fine Art for the famous Sanborn's store. Davis is considered one of the most revered of Taxco artists and designers in Mexico during that period. His wo ... read more