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  • Baby-linen basket
  • This object is currently being catalogued
  • Probably Lucas Luicksen (c. 1626 - c. 1705)
  • Deventer, Netherlands
  • Date: c. 1670
  • Medium: Silver metal and gold, repoussé, embossed and chased
  • Height: 7 cm
  • Length: 63.5 cm
  • Width: 34.3 cm
  • Inv: W163
  • Location: Sixteenth Century Gallery
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Further Reading
  • In the Netherlands in the seventeenth century baby-linen baskets were traditionally presented to expectant parents by the father’s mother shortly before the birth of a child. This example bears the marks of the town of Deventer and the silversmith Lucas Luiksen (Lucassen). The relief in the centre derives from a design by the celebrated Utrecht goldsmith Paulus van Vianen (1570-1613). Its subject, the fleeing Daphne being turned into a laurel tree to escape the attentions of Apollo, seems however to be a strange choice for a baby-linen basket, and perhaps the object is simply a salver.