107
107
A German parcel-gilt silver pomander, unmarked, seventeenth century
Estimate
1,5002,000
LOT SOLD. 4,560 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
107
A German parcel-gilt silver pomander, unmarked, seventeenth century
Estimate
1,5002,000
LOT SOLD. 4,560 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A German parcel-gilt silver pomander, unmarked, seventeenth century
in the form of a snail, one side of its 'shell' pierced and opening to reveal a compartment for an aromatic sponge, the other with four compartments inscribed Schlag, Canel, Rosen, and Negel [?], suspension ring
3cm, 1 1/4 in wide
9gr, 3dwt
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Catalogue Note

Pomanders were suspended from the wearer's neck or girdle by a chain and used to hold scents and spices. Although occasionally modelled as a skull or die, the normal pomander form is round, with compartments like orange segments. A snail-form pomander is unusual, but the mollusk was used in German mannerist ornament by influential designers including Virgil Solis, resident of both Augsburg and Nuremberg.

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