The Wallace Collection

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Powder-flask
  • Powder-flask
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1590
  • Antler and steel, carved and etched
  • Height: 22.5 cm
    Weight: 0.36 kg
  • A1259
  • European Armoury III
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  • Powder-flash, of antler, with two branches in base, carved in low relief on the front with the figures of Venus and Cupid; at the side vertical panels containing on one side a portrait medallion supported by a figure of Cupid with scrolls of conventional foliage carved in relief, on the other side Cupid in an oval among foliage. The back plain. Turned funnel of bright steel without a cap, the spring cut-off is missing; the mounts, deeply etched with a frieze of a medallion supported by sphinxes, and at the ends of the branches with masks and scrolls; at the back a long steel belt hook, but no rings for suspension.

    German, about 1590.

    Provenance: Ernest de Rozière (sold Paris, 19-21 March, 1860, lot 179; engraved in reverse in the sale catalogue)

    Illustrated in an anonymous dealer's photograph in the papers of W.H. Riggs in the Metropolitan Museum, New York, priced at 700 fr. (S. Pyhrr, letter of November 1980).