Magnificent and large ormolu and hardstone mounted ebony casket

GBP 350,000.00

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Magnificent and large ormolu and hardstone mounted ebony casket
English, 19th Century
Height 41cm, width 72cm, depth 52cm

Exceptionally fine and richly adorned, this beautiful piece is a large, ebony casket or coffer, mounted with extensive ormolu decorations, and inlaid on front and back with Florentine pietra dura hardstone panels.

It was made in English in the early 19th century during the regency period, using a host of stylistic influences, and amalgamating various outstanding decorative techniques. The front and reverse are set with hardstone panels, depicting flowers, fruits and insects in the corners. It is attributed to Robert Hume Jr., of Hume & Son, leading English makers of the Regency period, engaged for a time as interior designers for the wealthy 10th Duke of Hamilton, who is known to have purchased similar such items from the firm.

Every facet and structural component of the casket is lavishly adorned with gilt-bronze elements. The corner are mounted with caryatids, holding up Corinthian column capitals, and the sides are adorned with lion’s head mounts and handles. A larger, female figurehead surmounts the casket lid, and the edge is profusely decorated with a foliate frieze, interspersed with framed cartouches and scrolling foliate corners. Rich bands of gilding in the form of thrushes and scrolls frame the pietra dura and line the base, which is in turn mounted on scrolling foliate feet. The casket opens up with a sumptuously lined crimson-silk interior.

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