The Wallace Collection

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Priming-flask
  • Priming-flask
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1590
  • Gold, bronze and steel, embossed and engraved
  • Height: 8.57 cm
    Diameter: 5.71 cm
    Weight: 0.11 kg
  • A1300
  • European Armoury III
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  • Primer, of small size, made of gilt bronze, flat and circular in shape, the centre cast in relief with equestrian figures in combat with two lions attacking a naked man beneath them; the edges are cast or stamped in relief with arabesques. On the back is an engraved design of conventional flowers; spring-cap and two steel rings for suspension. The design on the back of A1300 differs from A1299 only in certain minor details.

    Probably German, about 1590.

    De Beaumont Catalogue, pl. 2; Musée Rétrospectif, 1865, no. 2015.

    A1300 closely resembles Skelton II, pl. CXXV, fig. 2.

    Provenance: Comte de Nieuwerkerke.