• Twenty rooms: The private coll auction at Christies

    Sale 2857

    Twenty rooms: The private collection of the late Mrs Elias-Vaes

    27 - 29 April 2010, Amsterdam

  • Lot 505

    A GERMAN GILT-COPPER MOUNTED IVORY PEWTER INLAID ROSEWOOD AND EBONY CASKET

    PROBABLY AUGSBURG, 17TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A GERMAN GILT-COPPER MOUNTED IVORY PEWTER INLAID ROSEWOOD AND EBONY CASKET
    PROBABLY AUGSBURG, 17TH CENTURY
    The upper casket with domed lid containing a spring activated drawer to one side, the lower casket with a mirror panel to the reverse, both interiors inlaid with star shaped panels
    15.8 cm. high x 34.8 cm. wide x 14.6 cm. deep


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    This impressive ivory casket is a represantative example of the famous Augsburg cabinet-making. The unusual design with the double caskets and the typical geometrical marquetry with pewter lines and star motifs to the interior is typical for the Augsburg collector's caskets in the first half of the 17th Century. A comparable small box was sold at Christie's Amsterdam on 24 June 2008, lot 71. Another is illustrated in G. Laue, Möbel für die Kunstkammern Europas Kabinettschränke und Prunkkassetten, München 2008, pl 36, 37.

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    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.
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