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    Sale 7631

    Important European Furniture & Sculpture

    4 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 37

    A SOUTH GERMAN MOTHER-OF-PEARL INLAID AND SILVER-MOUNTED PIQUE TORTOISESHELL CASKET

    SECOND QUARTER 18TH CENTURY

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    A SOUTH GERMAN MOTHER-OF-PEARL INLAID AND SILVER-MOUNTED PIQUE TORTOISESHELL CASKET
    SECOND QUARTER 18TH CENTURY
    Inlaid overall with pastoral scenes, the shaped rectangular hinged top with lobed edges, depicting courtly-dressed figures playing billiards within a scroll-decorated cartouche, the reserves similarly decorated with flowers and animals, enclosing an interior with a removable tray, the front, back and sides similarly decorated, on scroll feet
    2 5/8 in. (6.5 cm.) high; 6 in. (15 cm.) wide; 3¾ in. (9.5 cm.) deep, overall


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    This jewel-like mother-of-pearl and silver-inlaid tortoiseshell piqué casket can be related to the gold-inlaid tortoiseshell jewel casket from the collection of Barons Nathaniel and Albert von Rothschild, sold at Christie's, London, 8 July 1999, lot 122.
    Among comparable German piqué objets de vertu sold at auction, a related gold-inlaid tortoiseshell piqué casket was sold at Christie's, London, 6 July 2006, lot 51, while another was sold, Christie's, Amsterdam, 27-28 June 2007, lot 230.

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