Antique vesta case niello hunting scene vesta French niello antiques LOUIS MORTEVEILLE
An extremely rare fully hallmarked antique French sterling silver and niello vesta case in good condition. It is so difficult to source hunting themed collectibles. The lid has a plaque with chamfered edges. An exquisitely beautiful niello hunting scene is shown in fine detail. The Master of the hunt astride a magnificent Hunter with a docked tail, blowing on his horn. The foreground & background decorated with trees and vegetation. As you would expect from a French niello piece it is high quality. The front, sides and back are engraved with tiny diamond shapes. The back has an elaborate cartouche in the shape of a scroll with floral motifs behind it. The maker is Louis Morteveille his mark very clear to read "L une hache M" - L an axe M. This vesta case was made c.1901. All clasps and hinges work perfectly.
This antique niello vesta case measures 6 cm X 2.8 cm and weighs 15.9 grams.
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