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Wedding casket

Wedding casket

  • Place of origin:

    Netherlands (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1660 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver

  • Credit Line:

    Alfred Williams Hearn Gift

  • Museum number:

    M.113-1923

  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 69, The Whiteley Galleries, case 12

Physical description

Rectangular casket with lid as half cyclinder on 4 ball feet with cast figure as lock and cast handle on lid, the whole chased with scenes

Place of Origin

Netherlands (made)

Date

ca. 1660 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silver

Marks and inscriptions

Unmarked

Dimensions

Height: 8.20 cm

Object history note

Wedding caskets were a speciality of Friesland. Traditionally, a man's promise of marriage to his future bride was formal when he presented her with a coin knotted into a costly cloth (knottedoek). This later became a textile bag and then in the seventeenth century a silver casket (knottekistje). They also occur in the form of round or hexagonal boxes. They were also made in West-Friesland and the most richly executed examples come from Amsterdam.

Further label info 2002: The front of this box is engraved with the Old Testament stories of Tobit and the Angel and Jacob's Dream.

Descriptive line

Dutch. About 1660; Silver, Wedding (Marraige) casket.

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

The Golden Age of Dutch Silver, Charles Oman, V&A 1953

Labels and date

Silver Gallery:
Wedding caskets were a speciality of Friesland. Traditionally, a man's promise of marriage to his future bride was formal when he presented her with a coin knotted into a costly cloth (knottedoek). This later became a textile bag and then in the seventeenth century a silver casket (knottekistje). They also occur in the form of round or hexagonal boxes. They were also made in West-Friesland and the most richly executed examples come from Amsterdam.

The front of this box is engraved with the Old Testament stories of Tobit and the Angel and Jacob's Dream. [26/11/2002]

Production Note

Maker unidentified

Categories

Metalwork; Containers

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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