A heavy brass and enamel lidded box made by the company of Dayagi Brothers in Israel during the 1950s and 1960s, featuring a stylised bird which performs as the handle for the lid. It was probably designed originally as a cigarette or small cigar box. At 825 grammes in weight this is a robust piece, but with considerable artistic sophistication too. The exposed brass sections of the beak, wings and tail feathers of the bird and the edges of the box, and the rounded corners of the box and lid set the design off and are reminiscent of Walter Bosse. It is a very tactile piece which photos do not do absolute justice to.
The box and lid together measure approximately 14.5 cm (5¾ in.) by 10.5 cm (4 in.) by 5 m (2 in.) approximately. The lower box section measures 12.5 cm (5 in.) by 10.5 cm (4 in.) by 2.5 cm (1 in.) approximately. There are signs of age and use as one might expect, but no dings or dents or other aesthetic defects. The maker’s stamp is visible on the underside of the box.
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