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A GILT-COPPER MOUNTED IVORY CASKET
A GILT-COPPER MOUNTED IVORY CASKET
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A GILT-COPPER MOUNTED IVORY CASKET

SICILY, 12TH/13TH CENTURY

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A GILT-COPPER MOUNTED IVORY CASKET
SICILY, 12TH/13TH CENTURY
Rectangular, with hinged truncated pyramidal lid, with later painted repeating bird and mounts motifs
3 ½ x 4 7/8 x 3 1/8in. (8.8 x 12.4 x 8cm.)
Exhibited
London, Oliver Hoare, Every Object Tells a Story, 2017, m
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Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.

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Lot Essay

Our casket shares the same dimensions and close similarities with a casket which sold at Christie's London, 04 Ocotber 2012, lot 87. The front mount is fitted with a hinged, drop-shaped finial locking into a plain square plate. The presence of the base gilt mount, now lacking, is noticeable by the tarnishing of the ivory and the painted simplifed scrollwork designed to conceal its loss.
Another similarly proportioned ivory casket attributed to 12th Century Sicily was sold at Christie's New York, 7 October 2008, lot 42. Other caskets similarly attributed sold at Christie's London, 10 February 2012, lot 703 and 22 January 2014, lot 108.

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