Description & Technical information

Filigree is a delicate lacelike ornamental openwork composed of thin silver or gold wires twisted into decorative patterns. In China the technique was introduced from India via trading routes. The Indians had worked with this specialized skill since ancient times, and the patterns show great resemblance with those of the ancient Greeks.

Date:  19th century
Period:  1750-1850, 1850-1900, 19th century
Origin:  China
Medium: Enamel, Filigree Silver
Dimensions: 3.1 x 8 cm (1¹/₄ x 3¹/₈ inches)
Provenance: Vrijman collection, United Kingdom
Categories: Oriental and Asian Art