Master Sculpture and Works of Art Part II

Master Sculpture and Works of Art Part II

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Property from the Estate of Alexis Gregory, sold to Benefit the Alexis Gregory Foundation

South German, 16th century

Eight Surgeon's tools

Lot Closed

January 30, 07:48 PM GMT


15,000 - 20,000 USD

Lot Details


South German, 16th century

Eight Surgeon's tools

the smaller of the curved knives with the inventory number 'Ei 714 d' on the edge of the blade

Mother-of-pearl-inlaid and parcel-gilt etched steel

comprising two saws, a hammer, two curved, notched knives, a needle, a scalpel, and a hinged blade, all now within later glazed box frame  

length of implements 8 3/8 to 12 7/8 in.; 21.3 to 32.7cm.

framed 14 5/8 by 23 3/4 in.; 37 by 60.3cm.

The Collection of Barons Nathaniel and Albert von Rothschild, Rothschild inv. no. AR3107;
Their sale, Christies, London, 7 July 1999, lot 152
There is considerable discussion surrounding the function of these sets of implements. In his entry on another set in the Waddesdon Collection (The James A. de Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor, vol. V, Arms, Armour and Base-Metalwork, London, 1974, no. 198, pp. 449-452), Claude Blair discusses the possibility that they might originally have been used as horticultural implements or hunting tools.