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Trapani Casket

Details

Artist

Unknown

Title

Trapani Casket

Date

c1700-50

Medium

Coral and mother-of-pearl inlay

Dimensions

H: 20.2 cm

Reference

CVCSC:0254.S

Collection

Naples

Status

On Display

This colourful casket probably comes from Southern Italy and was made to contain letters or jewels. It is decorated with many different semi-precious stones, including jasper, agate, lapis lazuli and moss agate. The stones are held in gilt-brass mounts, which are delicately engraved to resemble leaves. Carved mother-of-pearl and red coral leaves are attached by fine wire all over the casket and its edges are veneered with tortoiseshell.

Trapani Casket c1700-50 © Compton Verney

Trapani Casket c1700-50 © Compton Verney

Trapani Casket c1700-50 © Compton Verney