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Netherlandish, 16th century
MINIATURE CARVING WITH DANIEL IN THE LIONS' DEN AND SAMSON'S FIGHT WITH THE LION
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 5,625 GBP
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Netherlandish, 16th century
MINIATURE CARVING WITH DANIEL IN THE LIONS' DEN AND SAMSON'S FIGHT WITH THE LION
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 5,625 GBP
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Netherlandish, 16th century
MINIATURE CARVING WITH DANIEL IN THE LIONS' DEN AND SAMSON'S FIGHT WITH THE LION
boxwood, within a first half 17th-century Northern Netherlandish silver gilt case engraved with sea gods
diameter of each half: 4.3cm., 1¾in. 
overall closed: 6.5 by 5cm., 2½ by 2in. 
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Catalogue Note

The delicate miniature carvings of Daniel in the Lions' Den and Samson fighting the Lion in this unusual orb recall Netherlandish Gothic boxwood miniatures. The scene with Daniel, for example, with the crouching protagonist and the elaborate vaulted interior compare with the Prayer Bead with the Story of King David, believed to date to the early 16th century, in the Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (inv. no. AGOID.29361). The present carvings seem to have been executed within this tradition but probably date to later in the 16th century, given their Renaissance style. The presence of lions and the Northern Netherlandish silver mounts may indicate that the object was conceived or appropriated as a patriotic object, since the lion became a national symbol of the United Provinces.

RELATED LITERATURE
L. Ellis and Al. Suda, Small wonders: Gothic boxwood miniatures, exh. cat. Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Cloisters, New York; Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 2016

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