UK based Harmony Kingdom began making the Treasure Jest boxes in the early 1990's. They have quickly become highly collectible. The boxes are intricate carvings by master artists made of crushed marble and resin to resemble antique ivory. The Treasure Jests are a humorous line often with secret images or markings that have meaning to artist's life. This box is "Too Much of a Good Thing." According to Harmony Kingdom, "This cat received more than it wished for with fifty-five intertwined mice, precluding the need for Peter's signature mouse. The box figurine is based on Corinna and Martin's ancient cat, Griff, who was a hopeless mouse catcher. Interior hallmarks include © and HBC logo." A total of 15631 boxes were produced for this piece. The box was originally carved by master carver Peter Calvesbert in 1994 and released on 11/1/1994. It was retired on 9/1/99. The dimensions of the piece are 1.89 x 1.89 x 2.28 inches. The model number is TJMC. Too Much of a Good Thing is referenced in the 9th edition Price Guide to Contemporary Collectibles and Limited editions by Mary L. Sieber. The box figurine is in excellent condition, and comes with the original box and insert. The box has small areas of wear.
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