The Wallace Collection

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  • Priming-flask
  • Daniel Sadeler
  • Munich, Germany, possibly
  • c. 1620
  • Ivory, steel and gold, chiselled and gilded
  • Length: 14 cm
    Weight: 0.34 kg
  • A1305
  • European Armoury III
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  • Priming flask, of oval shape, the sides formed of two ivory plaques decorated with black, scrollwork arabesques. In the centre of one side is inserted an oval steel medallion chiselled in low relief with a figure of Mars under a canopy surrounded by foliage, the ground gilt. On the other side is a circular medallion chiselled with a grotesque terminal figure among foliated scrolls on a gilt ground. The steel band, which joins together the sides, is chiselled in low relief with trophies of arms, fruit and masks. The chiselling here retains its original blued color, the ground being gilt.

    There is a spring to the cut-off which fits over the end of the nozzle, and two suspension rings are mounted on the strap, one on either side, all blued.

    Attributed to Daniel Sadeler of Munich, perhaps c. 1620, or a later imitation.
    H. Stöcklein, Meister des Eisenschnittes, p. 72 (DS 38); J. F. Hayward, Apollo, Nov., 1946, p. 119, fig. VIII.

    The chiselled ornament of this flask has been attributed to Daniel Sadeler, while the ivory decoration resembles the work of Hieronymus Borstorffer (see wheel-lock pistol, A1154). However this piece may not be a genuine example of their work.