TOP: The workmanship on the top is some of my best. The quality of light reflection on the flowers and leaves is extremely subtle. The background surface is essentially perfectly arched and dead smooth, with very strong reflective marring serving as a definitive foil for the flowers to sit on. The twigs that stick out from the flowers are well done. I am particularly pleased with the end of each of the twigs, all of them coming to the thinnest of points and still sharply raised off the background. This represent some very good chasing.
SIDE: Broken into four segments divided by four framing pillars, the reflective quality of the side is basically just one tone, most of which matches the top’s background. The contour is also a single curve. The separation between segments and pillars was established by diving down the segments, with the only real repousse work being done to “true up” contour rather than establish depth. The floral patterns within the segments are strictly cut chased lines with no additional volume added: just line drawings really.
BOTTOM: Composed of three repeating design elements and designed to sit on three small repoussed feet, it is nice solid work, again using an overall harsh surface finish with the exception of the six bright finished areas. A central indented area bears the repousse marks for a chased flower seen on the bottom of the box’s interior.
ARTIST’S REVIEW: This box came out a very pretty piece. About 2.5 inches in diameter, with side wall only about 7/8th of an inch high. With the added height of the top, bottom, and three small feet, the whole piece is just over 1⅛ inches high. These are very pretty proportions. The box carries a single motif throughout and has a fairly unified reflective quality. The centered indent in the bottom is interesting: a very tactile addition, and one which makes the box not only comfortable to hold but tends to enforce the desire to fondle it. I need to explore the design aspects of this feature further, because its tactile benefit is strong. The problem presented is the reflective quality of the repoussed area. I also like the downward curve of the tang. I am completely pleased with the box. The basic silversmithing is good, the chasing as close to perfect as I can make it, but I am starting to dream about hinges rather than friction fits.