A Flemish gilt-bronze and pewter-mounted tortoiseshell casket Antwerp, 17th century
4,000 - 6,000 EUR
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with rectangular domed top centred by a cartouche with putto holding two grapes, the angles with cartouches filled with medallions depicting a female bust portrait, the lower corners with medallions of a female figure holding a mirror, the interior fitted in red silk
Tortoiseshell was highly prized in the 17th century for its rarity and splendid figuring. A casket such as this would have been given pride of place in a Flemish or German cabinet of curiosities or 'Kunstkammer'.