The 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 Harmony Kingdom Treasure Jest box is "Driver's Seat." According to Harmony Kingdom Internet site, here's the description of the secrets associated with this box: "Peter loves to watch TV wildlife documentaries, and in this piece, he turns the table by giving the zebra the chance to dominate its predator. Here the zebra sits firmly upon a lioness that has Swiss Army knife claws, a bandage from a previous wound, and a pierced tongue. Under the front leg of the zebra, the mouse makes a full appearance, baring paws, stomach, bottom and tail as he mirrors the zebra’s courage. Around the base of the lid is the Latin inscription, “Mites possidebunt terram” meaning “The meek shall inherit the earth.” There is no inner carving except for HBC logo. Hallmarks include ©, heart, HBC logo, ed.#, and Pc."
The box was originally carved by master carver Peter Calvesbert in 1997 and released on 6/1/1997. It was retired on 4/26/2002, with an edition size of 15,468. The dimensions of the piece are 1.57 x 2.44 x 3.15 inches. The model number is TJZE. The box figurine is in very good condition, with no chips or cracks. The Zebra's stripes appear a bit worn - don't know if it is wear or it came that way originally. Unfortunately it does not come with the original box or insert. The paper label is still on the underside, but the title has faded and is unreadable. This Treasure Jest box can be found in the 9th Edition Price Guide to Contemporary Collectibles and Limited Editions, p 386.
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