The Wallace Collection

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  • Powder-flask
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • 19th century
  • Rosewood, ebony, antler, bronze and gold, veneered, engraved and gilded
  • Height: 17.7 cm
    Weight: 0.17 kg
  • A1289
  • European Armoury III
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  • Powder-flask, of rosewood veneered with ebony, rectangular in section, flattened and curved to an arc, the sides inlaid with scrolls of engraved antler with the arms of the Electors of Saxony in the centre and at the bottom a hound pursuing a fox; on the other side the central cartouche is engraved with a squirrel. Mounts of gilt bronze coarsely engraved with trophies of arms and running foliage, the funnel of hexagonal section, tapering, and fitted with a spring-cap and cut-off; six rings for suspension.

    19th-century in Saxon style of about 1640.

    Musée Rétrospectif, 1865, no. 2091. Lièvre, Collections Célèbres, pl. 13; Musées et Collections pl. 4 (depicted with tassels and cord, now absent); Musée Graphique, pl. 12.

    Provenance: Comte de Nieuwerkerke.

    There is a flask of very similar design in the Rutherford Stuyvesant Collection in New York (Dean Cat., no. 207), but there described as being veneered with tortoise-shell and the decoration inlaid in brass. There was another of this type in the Leiden sale, Lempertz, Cologne 1934, lot 870. Mr. Von Kienbusch owns a similar one (ex-Thewalt Collection), but the materials are reversed, the inlay in this case being black on white. This flask was later in the Jagdkammer Reichsgrafen R. von Kaunitz, sold in Fischer's Lucerne, 1935, lot 157, pl. 22.

    This flask has never contained gunpowder. J. F. Hayward pointed out that the engraving is all 19th-century (personal communication, 1972).