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Box - Casket

Casket

  • Object:

    Box

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (by French prisoners of war, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1797 - ca. 1815 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood covered with bone panels

  • Credit Line:

    Given by W.W.Watts, Esq., F.S.A.

  • Museum number:

    725&:1-1907

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This Casket or box is said to have been made by French prisoners confined in Perth during the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815). The casket was made in ca. 1797-1815 and is adorned with pierced decorative bone work. It is possible that the present piece may too - as similar pieces - have been made at Norman Cross, near Peterborough rather than in Scotland.

Physical description

The casket is covered with bone panels, pierced with geometrical designs; on the top is a figure among trees.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (by French prisoners of war, made)

Date

ca. 1797 - ca. 1815 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Wood covered with bone panels

Dimensions

Height: 11.5 cm, Width: 21.5 cm, Depth: 14.5 cm

Object history note

Given by William Walter Watts F.S.A. (1862-1948), Keeper of Metalwork at the Victoria and Albert Museum, in 1907. Watts had joined the Museum of Science and Art (later the V&A) in 1879.

Descriptive line

Casket, wood with bone, made by French prisoners during the Napoleonic Wars, ca. 1797-1815

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum in the Years 1905 - 1908. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum, During the Year 1907, Arranged According to the Dates of Acquisition with Appendix and Indices. London: Printed for His Majesty's Stationery Office, by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Limited, 1909, p. 126
Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Carvings in Ivory. Part II. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1929, p. 120
Trusted, Marjorie, Baroque & Later Ivories, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013, cat. no. 277, p. 282

Production Note

Said to have been made by French prisoners confined in Perth during the Napoleonic Wars

Materials

Wood; Bone

Subjects depicted

Tree; Figure

Categories

Containers; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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