The Wallace Collection

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  • Powder-flask
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • c. 1560
  • Wood, velvet, steel, gold and silver, embossed, chiselled and counterfeit-damascened
  • Height: 14.6 cm
    Weight: 0.2 kg
  • A1276
  • European Armoury III
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  • Powder-flask, of triangular form, with curved sides; of wood covered with crimson velvet, bound at the sides and overlaid with pierced plaques of steel; the front, embossed, pierced, chiselled and counterfeit damascened, has an oval panel representing a river god, supported on either side with nude figures holding sea-horses; above, a grotesque composition with seated figures holding stringed instruments supporting a satyr on a vase, etc. The steel borders are counterfeit damascened with arabesques of gold and silver; at the back is a panel of entwined strapwork with heads of lions and sea monsters, pierced, chiselled, and counterfeit damascened with gold and silver: to this is screwed a steel belt hook. On each side are two rings for suspension, held by heads cast in relief (one is missing). Tubular nozzle damascened with arabesques in gold and silver; spring cut-off.

    Italian, about 1560.

    L' Art Ancien III, no. 388.

    Provenance: Frédéric Spitzer; but not identifiable in the Musée Rétrospectif, 1865.