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  • Powder-flask
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1630
  • Ivory, steel and gold, carved, etched and gilded
  • Height: 13.9 cm
    Diameter: 11.1 cm
    Weight: 0.275 kg
  • A1266
  • European Armoury III
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  • Powder-flask, of ivory, flat and circular in form, the front has a lion's mask in the centre surrounded by a frieze representing a combat between horsemen and lions, the whole boldly carved in relief, within a border of overlapping circles; a like border at the back, which is plain except for a rosette in the centre; cylindrical funnel of steel etched with scrolls and gilt; the spring-cap is missing; two octagonal loops for suspension fixed to a shaped band of gilt steel.

    German (?), about 1630.

    L' Art Ancien III, 394; Musée Rétrospectif, 1865, no. 2035; L' Art pour Tous, 12me année, no. 319, fig. 2839 (showing the spring cut-off in situ).

    Provenance: Frédéric Spitzer.

    It resembles A1267 in style.