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725

Italian, Rome or Mantua, probably late 15th/early 16th century

writing casket

Estimate:

10,000

to
- 15,000 USD

Property of a Private Collector

Italian, Rome or Mantua, probably late 15th/early 16th century

Italian, Rome or Mantua, probably late 15th/early 16th century

writing casket

writing casket

Estimate:

10,000

to
- 15,000 USD

Italian, Rome or Mantua, probably late 15th/early 16th century

writing casket


bronze

2 3/4 by 8 1/4 by 4 3/8 in.; 7 by 21 by 18cm.

Standard surface abrasions and some scratches. Some oxidization, including on the top of the box and in the interior. Some losses on each corner of the bottom, including a large loss on the back left corner, where the sides of the casket are slightly loose. 


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

The Robert von Hirsch Collection
His sale, Sotheby Parke Bernet, London, 22 June 1978, lot 33
J. Warren, The Wallace Collection: Catalogue of Italian Sculpture, The Trustees of the Wallace Collection, London, 2016, cat. no. 24, p. 127
Numerous casts of the present Renaissance casket exist and, according to Warren (op. cit.), they were likely created in  Rome or Mantua during the last quarter of the 15th century. Warren discusses the origin of the model and its variants in private collections and institutions in his extensive entry on the cast for the Wallace Collection, London.