The Gape Casket: A fine mid-17th century needlework casket of rectangular form, executed in a variety of stitches and techniques
The lid with an oval panel of a woman seated, a metal arrow applied to her hand, a pearl necklace to her neck, a castle beyond with setting full sun, within a raised loop work foliate border and an outer border of embroidered flowers on cream silk satin, the front fitted with a pair of doors worked with a standing gentleman with raised cloak amid buildings, flowers and insects and a lady holding a fan, with tents and buildings beyond amid flowers, the flowers with turned back overlaid leaves, one side with a seated traveller beside a man about to draw his sword, both with tied shoe laces and neck bows, a bull looking on amid trees, flowers and buildings, the other depicting Apollo pursuing Daphne, her breasts exposed, amid trees and flowers with buildings beyond, the lid border worked to three sides with birds, insects, a snail, the back of the casket worked in long running satin stitches with a thistle, stylised flowers and trees in fifteen panels, the casket corners in silver braid, the side carrying handles in bright steel, on four silvered gesso bun feet, the interior fitted to the front with a long drawer below three short drawers, and a lift up panel revealing three secret drawers, the upper section fitted with a removable centre section with central bird figure mounted above a colour landscape print within a border of five mirror panels, and further fitted with a pair of silver topped bottles with flowerhead engraved covers, a rectangular tray fitted with metal inkwell and sander, and with three concealed 'secret drawers', below a mirror with marbled paper to the reverse, complete with the original oak outer case with fall front and hinged lid, the interior lined in marbled paper.
The casket 23cm high, 22.5cm deep, 28cm wide.
The outer case 24cm high, 26.5cm deep, 32.5cm wide.
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