The Wallace Collection

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  • Powder-flask
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1600
  • Wood, velvet, copper alloy, silver and chiselled
  • Height: 13 cm
    Weight: 0.22 kg
  • A1280
  • European Armoury III
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  • Powder-flask, of triangular form with concave sides, of wood covered with black velvet, the front overlaid with openwork ornament of silver parcel-gilt, consisting of trophies of arms in relief surrounding a central plaque of brass cast in relief and originally silvered illustrating a mounted warrior carrying off a naked woman (previously thought to represent the Rape of the Sabines). The back is edged with silver, and the sides and base have applied silver rosettes; in the centre of the back is a grotesque mask of chiselled silver. The funnel is shaped as a classical cuirass with spring stopper (the cap and spring now missing); two rings for suspension. The stopper lever is chiselled at both the pivot and the lower end with fleurs-de-lys.

    German, about 1600.

    Provenance: comte de Nieuwerkerke. Illustrated in Vollon's Curiosités of 1868 (Savill, 1980). A similar flask at Waddesdon Manor is discussed by Blair (1974, no. 150).