Description The cover of this miniature writing case depicts a nymph robbing Cupid, the god of love, of his weapons, rendered in gold relief against a background of ruby-colored enamel. The case's exterior is covered with panels of tortoiseshell in gold mounts. The interior is fitted with a glass ink pot and sand bottle, both with gold covers, as well as a mirror and a pen that can be screwed together in sections. Delicate and portable, this type of small writing case was meant to be privately treasured and shown off to intimate friends.
- The Art of Writing Instruments from Paris to Persia. 2011.
Provenance Acquired by William T. or Henry Walters, Baltimore; by bequest to Walters Art Museum.
Inscriptions [Stamp] On gold mounts: modern French tax stamp, a weevil
Credit Acquired by William T. or Henry Walters
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