FRED DAVIS TAXCO MEXICAN STERLING SILVER VANITY BOX
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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 work is rare and highly sought after.
Please do note that I do some extreme close ups with jewelry and quite often, especially with any domes or demi sps, they will reflect my black camera lens, my white photo cube (with the slit in the top), and my blouse of the day. These reflections are NOT damage, just reflections. I will note any significant damage or problems in the "condition" section.
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Hallmark : FD 925 Eagle (22)
Size: 2 7/8" x 1 7/8"
Condition: Excellent - tiny ding on the very bottomSee my other auctions for more vintage Mexican Silver 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed! 8040
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