10 May 2006
This lot is offered without a reserve
A DUTCH CARVED COQUILLA NUT BOX-ON-STAND
LATE 17TH CENTURY
The hinged lid with pierced foliate decoration and with an inset relief depicting the Adoration of the Shepherds, flanked by two saints on the extremities, the body and stand decorated with bands of acanthus leaves; the underside of the body also carved in relief with figures, above the foot carved with the Virgin and Child and saints flanked by male saints and two music making angels to the rear, set on an ebonised moulded circular wood socle with an illegible inscription on the underside
9 1/8 in. (23.2 cm.) high, overall
Anonymous sale, Christie's, London, 15 November 2001, lot 51.
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The coquilla nut is a thick-shelled seed of a Brazilian feather-leaved palm (Attalea funifera), polished and used for decorative carving or turning.
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