The Wallace Collection

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  • Powder-flask
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Flanders, possibly Antwerp
  • c. 1580
    possibly 19th century (the spout)
  • Wood, velvet, bronze and gold, embossed, chased, chiselled and gilded
  • Height: 21.1 cm
    Width: 24.1 cm, at the base
    Weight: 0.685 kg
  • Inscription: 'IG DL'
  • A1277
  • European Armoury III
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  • Powder-flask, quite large and triangular in form, of wood covered with dark blue velvet. The front is overlaid with pierced decoration of gilt bronze, embossed and chased; in the centre of the design are the figures of Mars, Venus and Cupid standing beneath a canopy within a cartouche supported by recumbent male figures; the remaining decoration consists of interlacing strapwork with swags of fruit and ostrich feathers. The canopy is inscribed with the letters:

    IG DL

    Below is an oval shield charged with a lion rampant sinister. Turned funnel to which is applied a lion's mask chiselled in relief, the cap is missing; two loops at the side for suspension.

    Flemish (Antwerp?), about 1580.

    De Beaumont Catalogue, pl. 4; L' Art Ancien VIII, 980 and I, 26; Musée Rétrospectif, 1865, no. 2029; Lièvre Collections célèbres, pl. 92, Musées et Collections; Musée Graphique, pl. IV (shown complete with spring-cap); L' Art pour Tous, 1866, no. 155.

    Provenance: Comte de Nieuwerkerke.

    The spout is possibly 19th-century; the thread of the screw looks suspiciously regular. J. F. Hayward compared with A1277 with a flask in the Victoria and Albert Museum which he considered might be by a follower of Eliseus Libaerts of Antwerp, about 1560 (no. 681 - 1864; Armour, 1951, no. 24). A comparable flask appears in the group portrait of The Company of Dirck Jacobsz Rosencranz of the Amsterdam Town Guard, signed Cornelis Kettel and dated 1588 (Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, no. 1330). In 1974 C. Blair grouped these two flasks with A1279 and two in the Metropolitan Museum, New York (no. 14.25.1407 and 1458; Waddesdon Catalogue, no. 171).