The Wallace Collection

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Powder-flask
  • Powder-flask
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1590
  • Antler and steel, carved and etched
  • Height: 22.8 cm
    Weight: 0.4 kg
  • A1258
  • European Armoury III
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  • Powder-flask, of antler, with two branches at the base, the front carved in low relief with the subject of David and Bathsheba, the back incised with foliage and conventional flowers. Funnel and collar of bright steel, etched, probably in the 19th century, with minute flowers and scrollwork, including a dog and hare; the caps on the ends of the branches en suite, with an owl and a cherub; spring cut-off, but no cap; at the back a steel belt hook, no rings for suspension. On the back is struck an oval, blue-edged label numbered 43.

    German (possibly Saxon), about 1590.

    A flask carved with the same subject is in the Kienbusch collection in the Philadelphia Museum of Art (cat. no. 713, pl. CLX, referring to a comparable example, formerly in the Keasby collection, sold American Art Association, 1925, lot 57, repr. in cat.). Another, found in Amsterdam, is in the Amsterdam City Historical Museum.