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Lid

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    late 17th century-early 18th century (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver gilt case, engraved and chased

  • Museum number:

    P.23A-1954

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case RMC, shelf 1, box F

Physical description

Late seventeenth- or early eighteenth-century silver parcel-gilt case of oblong shape, with four straight sides separated by wavy canted sections. The frame has a billet moulding between two channels and is hinged on one long side to attach two covers, which are fastened by lugs secured by a sprung-steel double hasp (one missing). Each cover is engraved and flat -chased with a symmetrical pattern of rectilinear strap and foliate scrolls, with a bird with outstretched wings in the centre, on a punched ground. In one side is an octagonal bevelled glass mirror, and in the other, secured by a slip-in cover-gilt and engraved with symmetrically repeated ornament of two foliate scrolls on a tooled ground, is the slightly convex glass.

Place of Origin

Germany (possibly, made)

Date

late 17th century-early 18th century (made)

Materials and Techniques

Silver gilt case, engraved and chased

Descriptive line

Silver parcel-gilt case and lid

Production Note

According to Charles Oman, 'the case is of German origin, c.1700, or a little before'. (1) Michael Snodin dates the case slightly later, commenting that the ornament seems to be a late, debased interpretation of this predominantly German ornament type; he also points out that the case is not designed to hold a miniature, and that it does so here very awkwardly. (2)

Materials

Silver

Techniques

Gilding; Engraving; Chasing

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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