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    Sale 2797

    Anton Philips, Entrepreneur & Connoisseur

    6 November 2007, Amsterdam

  • Lot 147

    A parcel-gilt enamel oil casket


    Price Realised  


    A parcel-gilt enamel oil casket
    The square spreading hinged lid surmounted by a crucifix finial and applied with fantastical beasts to the angles decorated overall with pinched oval panels depicting half-length figures of angels set within foliate scrolls
    16 cm. high

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    Comparative Literature:
    E. Rupin, L'Oeuvre de Limoges, Paris, 1890, pp. 443-446.
    M-M Gauthier, Catalogue International de l'Oeuvre de Limoges, I, Paris, 1987, no. 167, p. 158, pl. CLIX, figs. 556-557.

    The present square casket is one of a small number of known examples intended to contain holy oils used in a variety of different liturgical rituals including baptisms, and the consecration of holy objects and altars. Despite the inevitable minor wear to the gilding, and very minor losses to the enamel, it is in a remarkable state of preservation.

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    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that this oil casket is illustrated on page 79 of the printed catalogue and is incorrectly numbered as lot 146.