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    Sale 2797

    Anton Philips, Entrepreneur & Connoisseur

    6 November 2007, Amsterdam

  • Lot 296

    A Frisian silver marriage casket 'knottekistje'


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    A Frisian silver marriage casket 'knottekistje'
    Maker's mark only, indistinct, possibly Frisia, 17th Century
    Trunk-shaped, on four ball feet, openwork cast body with scrolling foliage and flowers, the sides with four oval medallions, cast cherub -shaped applied lock, the hinged cover with oval medallion engraved with a flaming haert and two hands, within band inscribed: 'als Trouheyt Liefde Blyke doet. De * Liefde Maeckt het: Paren Soet: , hinged swing handle, marked under base
    7 cm. wide
    140 gr.

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    From the early 17th century it became a Frisian tradition that a man asked his beloved to marry him by presenting her with a coin knotted into a costly cloth. This cloth is named knottedoek after the special knot, knotte. If the girl drew the knot tighter, they considered themselves engaged. The knottedoek was later replaced by a small textile bag and in the late seventeenth century by a silver casket, which by analogy was called a knottekistje. Three types occur, trunk-shaped, hexagonal and circular. The most common type is the trunk-shaped on four ball supports with domed cover and swing handle. Frisian marriage caskets are delicately engraved with symbolic scenes concerning love and marriage. Apart from Friesland, they were also made in West-Friesland, the most northern part of Holland.(see L. van den Bergh-Hoogterp, 'Trouw moet blinken', Cachet (1999) 2/3, pp. 10-13; A.L. Den Blaauwen, Nederlands Zilver 1580-1830, Den Haag, 1979, pp. 19, 372-373; B.W.G. Wttewaall, Klein Nederlands Zilver, Abcoude, 2003, pp. 314-315).

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