• Important Early European Furni auction at Christies

    Sale 7764

    Important Early European Furniture, Sculpture & Tapestries

    5 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 233

    A FLEMISH MOTHER-OF-PEARL AND BRASS-INLAID CASKET

    LATE 17TH EARLY 18TH CENTURY
    PROBABLY SPA

    Price Realised  

    A FLEMISH MOTHER-OF-PEARL AND BRASS-INLAID CASKET
    LATE 17TH EARLY 18TH CENTURY
    PROBABLY SPA
    Inlaid overall with wild animals and ovals with floral sprays within fields of scrolling foliage, the rectangular lid with loop handle enclosing a plain interior, the shield-shaped escutcheon engraved with stars and a coronet, above turned feet
    8 in. (20 cm.) high; 12 in. (30.5 cm.) wide; 8¼ in. (21 cm.) deep


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    Rich Europeans visiting Spa in the late 17th and earl 18th Century seeking cures from the waters helped sustain local craftsmen producing elaborately wrought boxes and caskets made to satisfy the demand for fashionable products in the 'exotic' or chinoiserie taste. In his 1689 pamphlet the physician Edmond Nessel specifically mentions the work done with mother-of-pearl, ivory, tortoiseshell, pewter and copper inlay, and refers to the 'Boulle' technique used. A related example in the Musée Communal, Spa, is illustrated in H. Huth, Lacquer of the West, London, 1971, fig. 299.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN