FRENCH ART DECO ART DECO SILVER NIELLO CIGARETTE CASE

by Gérard Sandoz
France, circa 1925


3 5/16" wide; 2 15/16" long
4.20 ozs.

With geometric design of concentric circles on both sides.
Niello is a black mixture of silver, copper and lead sulphides used as an inlay on engraved or etched metal. The Egyptians originated niello decoration which spread throughout Europe. If a mixture of several sulphides is employed, the melting point is sufficiently lowered to permit the niello to be melted within the prepared channels in the metal in much the same manner as enamel.
Inscribed Gerard Sandoz
Impressed with Minerve for 950 silver/ Georges Malneux poincon GM with vase and flowers and star underneath.

$12,000 - Inv. #246