Featured in the Old Master Sculpture and Works of Art sale this December is the largest pastiglia casket to have appeared on the market in more than 50 years. These boxes were first produced in Renaissance Venice but production soon extended to Ferrara, Mantua, Emilia and Tuscany. They were first used as bride's dowries, and later used as containers for precious gifts and used by women to store cosmetics and jewels. Highlights from a selection of fine medieval works of art include three large reliefs from a major altarpiece devoted to the Life of Mary from late 15th-century Swabia and two published champlevé enamelled crozier heads from the 13th century which were created by the workshops of Limoges. Among eighteen fine Renaissance and Baroque bronzes works there are two impressive casts of models by Giambologna and an elegant pair of Ceres and Bacchus by the recently reinstated sculptor Francesco Bertos. Towards the end of the sale one can find a bust which - due to its striking facial features and dark grey lead-tin alloy - appears strangely contemporary even though it dates from the late 18th or 19th century. It is a previously unrecorded cast of the portrait of Martin Kovachich, a further version of the Budapest bust by Franz Xaver Messerschmidt.