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SHIELD-SHAPED BOX

Made by: Unknown

Currently in storage


About this object

The shield-shaped box is made in spar as is the cover. The mounting is made in carved and engraved gold with rococo scrolls and other motifs. On the cover is an elaborate setting in white and iridescent mother of pearl with arches, a stairway, and a fountain. In the center, carved in silver and gold, is a group consisting of Diana the huntress with her hounds and two playing cupids. Above is another Cupid and some hanging game, including a stag, a wild boar, with a rifle, arrows and hunting horn. To the right carved in gold and silver is a Cupid, trees and flowers. The front is divided into two panels each with a cluster of trophies in mother of pearl. To the left is a group of musical instruments, to the right a globe and scientific instruments. On the ends are similar clusters of trophies. To the right is a helmet, a battle axe, and a spear. To the left is a lyre, and other musical instruments. On the back is a single cluster of trophies with a bagpipe, and spear.

Category:
goldwork
Object name:
SHIELD-SHAPED BOX
Made from:
Gold -- silver -- mother of pearl -- spar
Made in:
Dresden, Germany
Date made:
18th c.
Size:
3.8 × 7.9 × 6.4 cm (1 1/2 × 3 1/8 × 2 1/2 in.)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
11.125
Class:
GOLD
Signature marks:
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973