5 July 2000
A GERMAN SILVER-MOUNTED COPPER-GILT CASKET
In the seveenteenth-century Nuremberg style, rectangular, on four lion feet each with crossed front paws, the base acid-etched with scrolling foliate moresques, the sides inset with rectangular panels of classical figures emblematic of the senses within landscapes, above panels of putti and fruit, the hinged cover with ovolo and circle border and inner band of masks, putti and scrolling foliage, the raised acid-etched centre with applied masks within openwork cartouches, the lion finial on sliding domed rockwork panel opening to reveal a further acid-etched rectangular compartment
6¾ in. (17 cm.) long
Martin Heckscher, Vienna; Christie's, London, 4-6 May 1898, lot 300 (£400 to C. Davis [Christopher Davis, the dealer and compiler of Sir Julius Wernher's Inventories, by whom presumably sold to Sir Julius]).
Sir Julius Wernher, 1st Bt. (1850-1912), Bath House, London, in the Red Room, by whom bequeathed, with a life interest to his widow, Alice, Lady Wernher, subsequently Lady Ludlow (1862-1945), to their son
Sir Harold Wernher, 3rd Bt., G.C.V.O. (1893-1973), Bath House, London, and from 1948, Luton Hoo, Bedfordshire, and by descent.
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1913 Bath House Inventory, p. 36, no. 201, in the Red Room, in the 'large glazed case near door - Right Hand Division'.
1914 Wernher Inventory, p. 36, no. 190.
Vienna, Kunst Gewerbe Museum, circa 1898.
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