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Writing Case

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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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ca. 1755
tortoiseshell, gold, enamel, glass, mirror, steel, textile, and silver
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
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H: 1 15/16 × W: 2 5/16 × D: 1 7/8 in. (5 × 5.9 × 4.7 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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