A Dutch silver tobacco box with mother-of-pearl cover
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A Dutch silver tobacco box with mother-of-pearl cover

AMSTERDAM, 1759, MAKER'S MARK APPARENTLY LACKING, THE COVER SCENE AFTER A PRINT BY C. MOSLEY

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A Dutch silver tobacco box with mother-of-pearl cover
Amsterdam, 1759, maker's mark apparently lacking, the cover scene after a print by C. Mosley
Oval, with reeded bands, the hinged mother-of-pearl cover carved with a scene of a coach with a man inside, the door inscribed PERKIN, six draught-horses pulling the coach, their sides inscribed WILKEURIGE MAST, ONDERWERPING, REBELLIE, ERFLIJK REGT, BYCELDOL, GEHOORSAAM, the lead horse ridden by the Pope, a man in front of the coach bearing a flag inscribed INQUIST, several figures lying on the foreground with papers inscribed ANNUITEITEN, ZUIDZEE, BANK, EXCHEGUER, LIJFRENTEN, OIC, LANTREGT, IK MOET WEEROM, and a woman seated with a bible inscribed de Heilige schrift, a city in the background, marked on base
11.5 cm. (4½ in.) long
Provenance
Anonymous sale; Christie's, Amsterdam, 29 November 1991, lot 1508 (to Dreesmann).
Dr Anton C.R. Dreesmann (inventory no. G-117).
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Lot Essay

The carved scene is after an anti-Jacobite print signed by C. Mosley and dated 1745. While an English version is recorded, this print was presumably aimed at deterring would-be Dutch Catholic supporters of the Young Pretender's cause. The print is entitled Perkins Triumf, referring to Perkin Warbeck (1474-1499), the late 15th century pretender to the English throne who was eventually executed. The complex imagery is explained in great detail by F.G. Stephens in his Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires Preserved in the Department of Prints and Drawing in the British Museum,, London, vol. III pt.1, 1734-1750, nos. 2636, 2637 and 2658).
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