17 janvier 2016

Rock crystal barrel in the shape of a dragon, Italy, ca. 1625 - ca. 1650

Rock crystal barrel in the shape of a dragon, Italy, ca. 1625 - ca. 1650, rock crystal, rhinestone, gold, émail, ruby, h 19,0cm × W × D 14,5cm 60,5cm. BK-17 121. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.  Image of rock crystal with a frame of gold with rubies and enamel, depicting a dragon. The animal lies on its four legs with gaping mouths. The wings are missing. The dragon shape of the barrel says something about the special power which was attributed to rock crystal, if it came in contact with poison, it will discolor... [Lire la suite]

17 janvier 2016

Rock crystal ewer, Milan, ca. 1600 - ca. 1615

Rock crystal ewer, Milan, ca. 1600 - ca. 1615, rock crystal, rhinestone, gold, émail, 17.8 cm H × W × D 7,1cm 9,0cm. BK-17 195. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Ewer of rock crystal in a frame of gold and translucent enamel. On the egg-shaped container are palmettes and tendrils cut. The senior ear is formed by a female winged Herm.