The Wallace Collection

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  • Powder-flask
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • 19th century
  • Ivory, silver and steel, carved
  • Height: 13.3 cm
    Diameter: 11.4 cm
    Weight: 0.32 kg
  • A1267
  • European Armoury III
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  • Powder-flask, of ivory, flat and circular in form, with a broad circular frieze, finely carved in high relief with vigorous hunting scenes of wild boar and stag, surrounding a sunken centre, which is carved in relief with three hares; the sides are carved with a frieze of trophies of hunting weapons, hares and foliage. The back is plain with four studs and a raised circular filling in the centre. The short funnel of silver is chiselled in high relief with a stag's head and hunting implements; the cap is missing; two silver rings for suspension.

    Possibly French (Dieppe), early-19th century.

    L' Art Ancien III, 394; possibly no. 2022, Musée Rétrospectif, 1865, (Spitzer);
    L' Art pour Tous, 12me année, no. 319, fig. 2840.

    Provenance: Frédéric Spitzer.

    It resembles A1266 in style. The style of the spout and the type of small hunting sword used by the huntsman in the side frieze suggests that the whole thing is early 19th-century in romantic taste.