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Casket

Casket

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (Upper Rhine , made)

  • Date:

    mid 15th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved bone, mounted over red leather on a wooden core, in brass framework

  • Museum number:

    A.570-1910

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This casket, Upper Rhenish, probably of the mid fifteenth century, was in the possession of Cardinal Albrecht von Brandenburg at Halle an der Saale, who made it a casket for relics, which contained apparently 502 particles. Albrecht had a big collection of relics called the 'Hallesche Heiltum', a collection which was already started by his predecessor Ernst von Sachsen. The pieces from the 'Hallesche Heiltum' were depicted in the 'Aschaffenburger Codex'.

Physical description

Panels carved in openwork with the following subjects: On the lid two knights tilting; in front, a heraldic lion and griffin; at one end, a wild man struggling with a bear; at the other end, a man spearing a stag; at the back, two dragons with necks intertwined. The bottom is covered with red leather slightly tooled, incised with tall plant designs in the corners and around the edges. Brass handle on lid, and lock.

Place of Origin

Germany (Upper Rhine , made)

Date

mid 15th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Carved bone, mounted over red leather on a wooden core, in brass framework

Dimensions

Height: 9 cm, Width: 21 cm, Depth: 13.7 cm

Object history note

In the collection of Louis-Fidel Debruge-Duménil (1788-1838) and heirs, Paris, until 1850 (Labarte 1847, cat. no. 1494, ill. on p. 1); Debruge-Duménil sale, Paris, 2 February 1850, lot 1494; Lord Hastings collection, Melton Constable, Norfolk, by 1857 (Manchester 1857, no. 316); Hastings sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, 20 <arch 1888, lot 259 (bought Durlacher); George Salting collection, London; Salting Bequest, 1910 (no. 909). It should be noted that Longhurst confused and combined the provenance of the present casket with another closely similar example once in the Meyrick abd Spitzer collections.
From the Salting bequest.

Descriptive line

Casket, bone mounted on red leather, knights and monsters, Germany (Upper Rhine), probably middle of the 15th century

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

'Salting Bequest (A. 70 to A. 1029-1910) / Murray Bequest (A. 1030 to A. 1096-1910)'. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum (Department of Architecture and Sculpture). London: Printed under the Authority of his Majesty's Stationery Office, by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Limited, East Harding Street, EC, p. 95
Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Carvings in Ivory. Part II. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1929, p. 57
Jopek, N. 'Der Kardinal', in: Kunstchronik. vol. 61, 2008, p. 216 (Gd. 141)
Syndram, Dirk, Wirth, Yvonne, Wagner, Iris Yvonne, ed. by, Luther und die Fürsten, Sandstein Verlag, Dresden, 2015, exh. cat., cat. no. 15, pp. 79-80, fig. 15.
part II, pp. 692-697
Williamson, Paul and Davies, Glyn, Medieval Ivory Carvings, 1200-1550, (in 2 parts), V&A Publishing, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2014
Williamson, Paul and Davies, Glyn, Medieval Ivory Carvings, 1200-1550, (in 2 parts), V&A Publishing, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2014, part II, pp. 692-697, cat. no. 239

Materials

Bone; Leather; Brass; Wood

Techniques

Carving

Subjects depicted

Stag; Phoenix; Bear; Gryphon; Monsters; Lion; Knights; Man

Categories

Accessories; Containers; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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