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Powder-flask
  • Powder-flask
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Flanders
  • c. 1600
  • Ivory and blued steel, engraved
  • Height: 17.1 cm
    Diameter: 13.9 cm
    Weight: 0.36 kg
  • A1263
  • European Armoury III
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  • Powder-flask, of ivory, flat and circular in form, the central medallion in front is engraved with a representation of Joshua commanding the Sun to stand still, within a circular ornamental border of masks, swags of fruit and female figures of Victory (?). The back engraved with the same subjects, but is flatter and the circular hollow bolection of the outer band is deeper. Turned funnel of blued steel with spring-cap; two swivel loops for suspension.

    Flemish (?), about 1600; the engraving has been doubted, and the whole may be a 19th-century production. The engraving of the central plaque on the front is of particularly poor quality. If any part is genuine it is the back.

    L' Art Ancien IV, 567; Musée Rétrospectif, 1865, No. 2038

    Provenance: Frédéric Spitzer.