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    Sale 7745

    Important European Furniture, Sculpture & Clocks

    9 July 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 26

    AN OCTAGONAL GILTWOOD AND ENAMEL-MOUNTED CASKET

    THE PLAQUES, LIMOGES, 16TH AND 17TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    AN OCTAGONAL GILTWOOD AND ENAMEL-MOUNTED CASKET
    THE PLAQUES, LIMOGES, 16TH AND 17TH CENTURY
    The lid with an oval plaque depicting a landscape with Christ crucified to the centre, St Francis to the right and a bearded male saint to the left, a monogram of the Raimondi family encircled by a wreath at the bottom; the body with twelve further plaques of the apostles; the interior with two paper labels one inscribed 'from the late Poniatowski Gallery'; the underside with a further exhibition label; the giltwood casket later; on eight gilt-metal feet; damages, repairs and restorations
    9¼ x 18½ x 13 1/8 in. (23.5 x 47 x 33.3 cm.)


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    This casket appears to have been constructed in the 19th century in order to showcase the Limoges enamels which it incorporates. The large oval panel on the lid is the earlier example, dating from the third quarter of the 16th century, with the rectangular panels around the body dating from slightly later, in the 17th century.

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    Provenance

    By tradition Prince Stanislas Poniatowski (1754-1833).
    Purchased from William Young of Aberdeen by 'Mr Brander of Huntly' 12 July 1945 for £21.10.
    By descent until sold to the present owner.


    Exhibited

    Dundee Free Library Exhibition.