SIDE: The side of the box owes a lot to the oriental motif of branches and blossoms, with eight sets each of leaf clusters and blossoms. Almost all of the detail was established through chasing. Once the basic curve of the side was created, the edges of the design were cut deeply in and then the background was chased down. A little volume was added with repousse work. I am pleased with the way it came out esthetically and in terms of execution; it is simply pretty.
TOP: The top of this box is a wonderful example of good, clean chasing. The design is pleasing, based upon a central five-pointed motif. I am very pleased with both the execution and the design. The five sets of three small leaves that form the outer rim were put in after all the background had been pushed back. A small amount of volume was added with repousse work. The top of the box represents a very formal garden with a central fountain.
BOTTOM: The bottom of the box represents natural floral leaf forms. I do like the three diamond-shaped highlights and am happy with the larger outside leaves, but am most pleased with the three smaller inner leaves.
The basic silversmithing in this box is very good: clean soldering and very even lines.