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A PARCEL-GILT RECTANGULAR CARVED WOOD AND IVORY CASKET

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A PARCEL-GILT RECTANGULAR CARVED WOOD AND IVORY CASKET

ITALIAN, CIRCA 1500

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A PARCEL-GILT RECTANGULAR CARVED WOOD AND IVORY CASKET ITALIAN, CIRCA 1500 The wood carcase with elaborately carved ivory relief decoration; the lid with repeating boders, winged female herms and grotesque beasts; the body with further decorative borders and carved with figurative scenes from Roman history including Mucius Scaevola, Marcus Curtius and Horatius Cocles, on a punched gilded surface. Losses to ivory and gesso ground, the interior re-lined with red velvet. 5½ x 10¼ x 7¼ in. (14 x 26 x 18.5 cm.)
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No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 17.5% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis

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Caskets such as the present lot and another closely similar example sold in These Rooms in 1996 (10 December 1996, lot 63) seem to have been the luxury models of their day. They are stylistically very close to the more widespread pastiglia caskets which were presumably made as a less expensive alternative to examples in ivory.

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