TOP Medallion: There is some very nice work on the top of this box, divided into six sections with the primary image being the 6 elliptical design elements each with a soldered on bead in its center. The 6 scepter shaped elements are very well done with a good distinct center high line running from tip to bezel. The fact that the elements between the elliptical forms are so thin and deeply separated represents some pretty good chasing. The small ‘fan’ shaped elements at the end of each scepter do a good job tying the design to the edge of the medallion. The setting on for the stone came out well, as well as the soldering on of the six small beads. Good basic silver smithing.
The overall design of the box wall came out great with very good use of surface finishes and reflective qualities. The convex curving on the fan segments came out almost perfectly. When lined up properly with the top the triangular shapes that the fans emerge from form a nice line with the points of the top’s scepter shapes. The six curving points that enclose the fan elements add a lot of motion to the piece and I particularly liked the overall use of slightly indented surface.
Bottom Medallion: This worked out very well. Good solid chasing, good reflective qualities. It particularly enjoyed working from a high relief center outward toward the edges until there are only deep cut lines with no depth framing the outermost design elements.
Overall: Very pleased with the workmanship. The basic silver-smithing is excellent with a particularly good fit between the top and wall of the box. Close examination of the bottom reveals that it has the appearance of being bezel set. In fact it is soldered in and the lip provided by the box wall was hammered down. I did think about hammer it down until it was flush but rather like the effect of leaving a little ‘air’ between the ‘bezel’ and the bottom.
The proportions between diameter and overall ‘height’ are pleasing and the amount of ‘lift’ the rounded bottom gives to the piece is right on. The top could stand to be the least bit flatter. Just the least bit. The high domed cut stone was used to try and carry the visual curve of the top from the outside edge to the tip of the stone in a pleasing arc. I think it worked to that purpose.
I must say that I find the overall visual effect of the box to be a little busy for my ‘taste’, there is a lot of motion in the curved lines and added to the depth of the separating lines on almost all of the design elements and the essentially shinny quality to the surface finish it is a bit chaotic. Hence the name ‘Carnival Box,’ lots of motion and glittering high lights.