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Powder-flask
  • Powder-flask
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1630
  • Antler and steel, engraved and etched
  • Height: 20.3 cm
    Weight: 0.27 kg
  • A1265
  • European Armoury III
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  • Powder-flask, made of antler, with three branches at the base, the front boldly engraved with an oval panel showing Cupid reclining on a bed of flowers and holding a vase, surrounded with masks and floral ornament on a blackened ground. The sides, bordered with bands of twisted ribbons, are engraved with foliage and flowers; the back is plain. Steel funnel with spring-cap, cut-off, and a long belt hook etched with birds and foliage on a granulated and blackened ground (restored).

    German, about 1630; the etching of the mounts and the engraving of the horn is probably of the 19th century.

    De Beaumont Catalogue, pl. 7; L' art ancien, I, 26. May be no. 2031 Musée Rétrospectif, 1865.

    Provenance: Comte de Nieuwerkerke.

    Possibly inspired by a flask formerly in the collection of M. Provost of Bresles near Beauvais (see N. X. Willemin, Monuments Francais, 1839, pl. 254).