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Casket

  • Place of origin:

    Milan (city) (made)

  • Date:

    mid 16th century (made)
    19th century (assembling)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood, wrought iron damascened with gold and silver, repoussé, ebony, gilded brass

  • Museum number:

    570-1899

  • Gallery location:

    Ironwork, Room 114c, case 18, shelf 1

Physical description

Wood overlaid with border strips and iron repoussé plaques assembled in the 19th century from a number of different objects. One of the border plaques has been attached upside down. The lid bears the arms of France surrounded by the collar of the Order of St Michel with the device of King Charles IX of France (1560- 74). The figures represent: Vulcan, Minerva, Mars, Diana and Neptune on the front; Saturn, Juno, Apollo, Venus with Cupid, and Jupiter on the back; five of the Cardinal Virtues Fortitude, Hope, Prudence (divided into two), Temperance and Charity on the sides.

Place of Origin

Milan (city) (made)

Date

mid 16th century (made)
19th century (assembling)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Wood, wrought iron damascened with gold and silver, repoussé, ebony, gilded brass

Descriptive line

Casket, wood and wrought iron damascened with gold and silver, mounted in ebony and gilded brass, depicting the virtues, gods, the Arms of France and Charles IX, made in Milan, 16th century, assembled 19th century

Labels and date

CASKET, wood, wrought iron, damascened with gold and silver and mounted in ebony and gilded brass, Italy; 16th century, assembled in 19th century

Wood overlaid with border strips and iron repoussé plaques assembled in the 19th century from a number of different objects. One of the border plaques has been attached upside down. The lid bears the arms of France surrounded by the collar of the Order of St Michel with the device of King Charles IX of France (1560-74). The figures represent: Vulcan, Minerva, Mars, Diana and Neptune on the front; Saturn, Juno, Apollo, Venus with Cupid, and Jupiter on the back; five of the Cardinal Virtues Fortitude, Hope, Prudence (divided into two), Temperance and Charity on the sides.

Museum No. 570-1899 [07/1994]

Materials

Wood; Ebony; Wrought iron; Gold; Silver; Brass (alloy)

Techniques

Forging (metal forming); Repoussé; Gilding; Damascening

Subjects depicted

Devices (symbols); Coats of arms

Categories

Metalwork; Myths & Legends; Royalty; Ironwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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