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A Dutch silver tobacco-box

MARK OF HENDRIK VAN TEEKELENBURGH, THE HAGUE, 1728; THE COVER, SIGNED T. OTTEN F

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A Dutch silver tobacco-box
Mark of Hendrik van Teekelenburgh, The Hague, 1728; the cover, signed T. Otten F
Cartouche-shaped, the hinged cover with moulded thumbpiece, the sides with two applied scrolls, the base engraved with a cypher JVL beneath a coronet, the cover finely engraved with a scene of Samson slaying the lion, the background with a town, temple and figures with a donkey, signed lower right T. Otten F, marked on interior base
12.5 cm. (5 in.) long
202 gr. (6 oz.)
Provenance
Willem J.R. Dreesmann, Amsterdam.
Anonymous sale; Mak van Waay, Amsterdam, 12 October 1971, lot 3473 (to Dreesmann).
Dr Anton C.R. Dreesmann (inventory no. G-2).
Literature
E. Voet, Merken van Haagsche Goud- en zilversmeden, The Hague, 1941, p. 176, no. 98.
J.W. Frederiks, Dutch Silver, vol. II, The Hague, 1958, no. 498, illustrated, p. 167.
Exhibited
Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, Het Bijbelsch Onderwerp in de Nederlandsche Kunst van ca. 1450-1700, 1939, no. 150.
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Lot Essay

Theodorus Otten was recorded as an engraver in The Hague in 1755. Theodorus was married to Cornelia Slaars who gave birth to their son Marcus Otten, baptised on 18 December 1765 (see E. Voet, Haagsche Goud- en Zilversmeden, The Hague, 1941, p. 95).
The engravings of Otten are very rare and of high quality. Besides the finely engraved cover of the present box only three other signed examples are known from his hand. An engraved plaque with a pastoral scene, the cover of a silver box by Willem Jan Keer (1720-1793) of Nijmegen with similar scenes and a small print in the possesion of the Rijksprenten-kabinet in Amsterdam with a complicated monogram (see J.W. Frederiks, op. cit., vol. II. nos. 110, 498 and 517).
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