Description Since the top is decorated with the bust of Julius Caesar, this coin box was probably meant for Roman coins of Roman rulers. Coin collecting was popular among the educated of the 16th and 17th centuries. Coins offered historical documentation for the representation of rulers and their families, especially the Roman emperors, symbolic for the Habsburgs and those in their circles.
The box is worn but stable. The box has suffered wood-eating insect attack in the past. The front cover over the drawers appears to be a replacement.
|2/12/2015||Treatment||Examined for loan|
- I, Claudius: Art in the Age of Julio-Claudians. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1977-1978.
- From Rubens to the Grand Tour. Academy Art Museum, Easton. 2015.
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris; purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1926; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1926
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