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Casket

Casket

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (probably, made)
    Venice (perhaps, made)

  • Date:

    early 18th century (made)
    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Amber and ivory on wooden frame, metal hinges, damask lining

  • Museum number:

    C.19-1923

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This large casket with a hinged lid consists of amber and ivory panels and strip glued on to a wooden frame. This casket was probably made up from wood, ivory and pieces of amber in the 19th century, incorporating earlier pieces, the amber swags of fruit, intaglio, and low relief panels, which perhaps came from an 18th century German casket broken beyond repair, along with two games-pieces (two amber medallions, one on each side of the casket).

Physical description

Large casket with a hinged lid consists of amber and ivory panels and strips glued on to a wooden frame. The amber panels on the main body of the casket are carved in intaglio with landscape and figure scenes. Other rhomboid-shaped amber panels with holes gouged out underneath are placed over gold coloured meral foil. The ivory panels are crudely incised with landscape vignettes, stylised acanthus leaves and other decorative motives, and the incisions darkened with ink. Amber swags of fruit hang from the base of the casket, while on the top are three amber oval scenes of nymphs and satyrs in deep relief. The casket rests on four elaborate feet; it is lined on the inside with red damask.

Place of Origin

Germany (probably, made)
Venice (perhaps, made)

Date

early 18th century (made)
19th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Amber and ivory on wooden frame, metal hinges, damask lining

Dimensions

Height: 33 cm, Width: 63.5 cm with feet, Width: 51.5 cm without feet, Depth: 46 cm with feet, Depth: 38 cm without feet

Descriptive line

Casket, amber ivory Italian 19th century incorporating early 18th century German pieces.

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

Trusted, Marjorie. Catalogue of European ambers in the Victoria and Albert Museum. London, 1985. pp. 82-83. cat. no. 21.

Production Note

Perhaps Venetian 19th century incorporating early 18th century North East German pieces

Materials

Amber; Ivory; Wood; Metal; Damask

Subjects depicted

Satyr; Nymph; Acanthus; Swag

Categories

Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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