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Casket

Casket

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1797 - ca. 1815 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved pine wood with bone inlay, watercolor paintings

  • Museum number:

    A.17-1919

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This pinewood games box was made by a French prisoner of war in Britain in ca. 1797-1815, during the Napoleonic Wars. This casket is overlaid with strips of bone and inset with fourteen water-colour paintings. The casket contains two bone dice, fifty-six cards painted on bone and fifty-six (two double-blanks) dominoes.

Physical description

Casket of pine, overlaid with strips of bone and inset with fourteen water-colour paintings. The casket contains two bone dice, fifty-six cards painted on bone and fifty-six (two double-blanks) dominoes. The paintings represent: four baskets of flowers, two vases of flowers, four landscapes, two ladies and two gentlemen. The top edges are pierced for use as a cribbage marker. The box is filled with 56 dominoes, two bone dice, and 56 cards painted on bone.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)

Date

ca. 1797 - ca. 1815 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Carved pine wood with bone inlay, watercolor paintings

Dimensions

Height: 8.5 cm, Width: 24.5 cm, Depth: 9 cm

Object history note

Given by Jane A.G. [Gertrude] Lady Cory (1870-1946), 28 Belgrave Square, London, in 1919.

Descriptive line

Games box, bone and wood, with cards, dice and dominoes, made by a French prisoner of war in Britain, ca. 1797-1815

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

Review [1911-1938], Victoria & Albert Museum. Review of the Principal Acquisitions during the Year, London, 1919, p. 4
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. 279, p. 283, 4

Production Note

Made by a French prisoner of war in Britain

Materials

Pinewood; Bone

Subjects depicted

Casket; Flower; Gentlemen; Ladies; Dice; Vases; Landscape; Basket

Categories

Containers; Games

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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