The Wallace Collection

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  • Powder-flask
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • early 17th century
  • Ebony, mother-of-pearl, antler, steel and gold, engraved, stained and gilded
  • Height: 19.6 cm
    Weight: 0.245 kg
  • A1287
  • European Armoury III
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  • Powder-flask, of ebony, trilobate, shaped like an inverted fleur-de-lys, decorated on the one side with the figure of a musketeer, and on the other, with a man with sword and target, inlaid in mother-of-pearl and engraved amid inlaid foliage of antler partly stained green. It is framed at the edges with bands of antler, delicately engraved with scrolls of conventional foliage and strapwork; the sides are divided horizontally with bands of engraved antler with circular masks of mother-of-pearl between; round the top is a frieze engraved with hunting subjects. Funnel of steel with spring-cap and cut-off, decorated with scrolls of foliage etched and gilt; four rings for suspension.

    German, probably Nuremberg, early 17th century.

    L' Art Ancien IX, 1014.

    Provenance: Frédéric Spitzer.

    The figures resemble engravings by de Gheyn and Hendrik Goltzius. A very similar flask, but with less elaborate decoration, is in the Victoria and Albert Museum (no. M. 2200-1855).

    A1287 was included by C. Blair in the the work of a so-far unidentified Nuremberg craftsman, the so-called 'Master of the Castles' (see under A1152 and 1153).