The Wallace Collection

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  • Priming-flask
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • 16th century
  • Antler and silver, carved
  • Height: 22.8 cm
    Weight: 0.125 kg
  • A1303
  • European Armoury III
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  • Primer, made from the tip of an antler, finely carved in low relief with the first and second labours of Hercules: wrestling with the Nemean Lion and the destruction of the Lernean Hydra. Turned funnel of silver with a spring stopper (the cap and spring of which are now missing), the funnel and mounts plain except for a beaded edge; two rings for suspension.

    Companion to the powder-flask, no. A1251 q.v.; the silver mounts are of a later date than the rest.

    German, 16th century.

    L' Art Ancien IV, 567, VIII, 915 and IX, 1014. (It is there shown with the cap complete and bearing on the funnel the number 1650, the lot number in the Pourtalès-Gorgier sale.) Gazette des Beaux-Arts, 1865, plate by Jacquemart facing p. 434; this also shows the spring stopper complete with its cap and a cord for suspension. Musée Rétrospectif, 1865, no. 2037 (Spitzer)

    Provenance: Fiérard sale, 1846; Sommesson sale, 1848, lot 199; Comte de Pourtalès-Gorgier, sold Paris, 6 February, 1865, lot 1650, 800 fr. (Willestrand); Frédéric Spitzer.