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Powder flask

Classically-inspired martial imagery relates this flask to the decoration of parade armours executed by Antwerp craftsmen like Eliseus Libaerts (active 1561-1569) (see. acc. no. 2778). The form of this flask was the standard design for powder containers used by musketeers in the field during the late 16th and early 17th centuries.

Related examples are in the Victoria & Albert Museum (acc. no. 681-1864); the Wallace Collection (acc. nos A1277, A1279) and Metropolitan Museum, New York (acc. no. 14.25.1507).

Phillippa Plock, 2016...

c 1550-c 1600
Wood, velvet, copper and gold
222.0 x 217.0mm
Images and text © Waddesdon Manor, 2017

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