The Wallace Collection

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  • Powder-flask
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • 3rd quarter of 16th century
  • Leather, steel and gold, embossed, tooled, blued and gilded
  • Height: 14.6 cm
    Weight: 0.2 kg
  • A1275
  • European Armoury III
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  • Powder-flask, of hardened leather (cuir bouilli), hemispherical or gourd-shaped, with flat back, the front decorated with an oval shield (bears traces of painting), and two semi-circular panels containing lions embossed and tooled on a granulated ground; at the neck is a frieze with two hounds affrontés. Funnel of steel, of octagonal section at the base, the alternate facets gilt and blued; spring cut-off, but without a cap; loop-shaped steel belt hook at the back, and one ring. Both the mounts and parts of the leather show traces of gilding.

    Italian, third quarter of the 16th century.

    Provenance: see note under A1271.

    One of a common type of flask found in most collections.