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    Sale 2811

    European Noble and Private Collections

    24 - 25 June 2008, Amsterdam

  • Lot 71

    A SOUTH GERMAN IRON-BOUND EBONY TRAVELLING CASKET

    AUGSBURG, MID-17TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A SOUTH GERMAN IRON-BOUND EBONY TRAVELLING CASKET
    AUGSBURG, MID-17TH CENTURY
    The hinged top stamped EBEN and marked with a pinecone for Augsburg enclosing a fitted interior with pewter lined parquetry specimen wood panels with snakewood, ebony, kingwood, padouk and olivewood, enclosing various marbleised paper lined compartments for pens, writing materials, various pewter lidded bottles, an ink well and sand sprinkler, the panel to the reverse of the lid lifting out to reveal a long drawer and a solid ebony ruler, with a base drawer to one side containing a folding pewter lined padouk, ebony, snakewood games board with a chess and backgammon board together with two sets of fifteen black stained and natural turned bone playing pieces and three bone dice
    20 cm. high x 35 cm. wide x 12,5 cm. deep


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    Such as the fashion for ebony in 17th century Europe that cheaper imitations, usually in the form of stained or ebonized pearwood, began to appear at an early stage; from about 1625, Augsburg makers stamped their pieces with the word 'Eben' in order to guarantee the material.

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