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    Sale 2775

    European Furniture, Clocks, Sculpture and Works of Art

    19 - 20 December 2007, Amsterdam

  • Lot 180

    A FLEMISH GILT-TOOLED LEATHER CASKET

    EARLY 17TH CENTURY, PROBABLY ANTWERP

    Price Realised  

    A FLEMISH GILT-TOOLED LEATHER CASKET
    EARLY 17TH CENTURY, PROBABLY ANTWERP
    Overall with panels depicting hunting scenes within foliate banded boarders, the domed hinged top opening to reveal a plain interior with a secret compartment to one side, on bun feet
    20 cm. high x 26 cm. wide x 19 cm. deep


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    This casket belongs to a distinctive group of Flemish caskets -- most of almost identical shape -- produced at the end of the 16th century. While the design and number of the gilt-tooled borders vary, they all have nearly identical central panels of hunting scenes or more simple scenes of animals alone. The animals are most prominent and charming elements of the decoration. The hunters are portrayed blowing horns and chasing a stag. There are two particularly close examples to the present casket. One is in the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich and the second is in another, probably German, collection. A third, similar, example is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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