The Wallace Collection

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  • Priming-flask
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • 1577
  • Gold and bronze, cast, etched and gilt
  • Height: 9.52 cm
    Weight: 0.14 kg
  • A1301
  • European Armoury III
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Further Reading
  • Primer, of gilt bronze, flat and circular in shape. Both sides are identical decorated with a circular frieze of hunting scenes cast in relief surrounding a grotesque horned mask, the horns are continued on to the background by etching, in the centre; the edges are chased with a band of foliage. Turned funnel: two rings for suspension. On one side are etched the figures 15 and on the other 77.

    German, dated 1577.

    De Beaumont Catalogue, pl. 2

    Provenance: (?) Henry Courant (1 amorçoir, 200 fr.; receipted bill, 2 March, 1867); Comte de Nieuwerkerke.

    Both sides show the same 'accidents' in casting, which suggests that one was made from the other, possibly at a later date.