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    Sale 7597

    Important Silver

    10 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 4

    A CHARLES I SILVER COUNTER-CASE WITH THIRTY-FOUR COUNTERS

    APPARENTLY UNMARKED, CIRCA 1625, THE COUNTERS PERHAPS AFTER ENGRAVINGS BY SIMON DE PASSE

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    A CHARLES I SILVER COUNTER-CASE WITH THIRTY-FOUR COUNTERS
    APPARENTLY UNMARKED, CIRCA 1625, THE COUNTERS PERHAPS AFTER ENGRAVINGS BY SIMON DE PASSE
    The case plain cylindrical with detachable cover, the counters die stamped with various English monarchs from Edward the Confessor (1042-1066) through to Charles I (1625-1649), the recto with a depiction of the monarch, their name and date of death, the back engraved with the Royal arms, and for Charles I the legend 'GOD SEND LONG TO RAINE', the base and cover each engraved with initials
    1¼ in. (3.4 cm.) high
    3.5 oz. (111 gr.) (35)


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    Simon de Passe (1595-1647) was born in Cologne, the son of the engraver Crispijn de Passe (1567-1637) and his wife Magdalene (1555-1635). Of the couple's five childen four went on to become engravers, with Simon moving in 1616 to London where he became an accomplished portraitist known for engraving royal portraits such as the present examples. He left England in 1622, spending two years in Utrecht before moving to Copenhagen where he remained until his death in 1647.

    E. Delieb notes that de Passe ...invented a method whereby a steel die was cut and wafer-thin disks of silver were struck with motifs, thereby imitating engraving by hand. (E. Delieb, Silver Boxes, London, 1986, p.17.). For a Charles II box, with very similar counters to the present examples see E. Delieb, ibid, p. 46.

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    Provenance

    With S. J. Phillips, London, 12 June 1968


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE OAKWOOD COLLECTION
    (Lots 1-106)