A 15th or 16th Century iron-bound leather coffret or missal-caseProbably Spanish
Lot 705
A 15th or 16th Century iron-bound leather coffret or missal-caseFrench or Spanish
Sold for £5,760 (US$ 9,296) inc. premium

Lot Details
A 15th or 16th Century iron-bound leather coffret or missal-case
French or Spanish
The hinged cover of oblong form with canted edges, decorated with strapwork and six-petalled flowerheads, flanking a central carrying loop, the front with two iron hasps and original lockplate, the sides with further flowerheads and a single carrying handle, the interior red-painted, 14cm wide, 12cm deep, 7cm high (5.5" wide, 4.5" deep, 2.5" high) (sold with key)

Footnotes

  • For two items of similar design, see Henri Rene D'Allemagne, Decorative Antique Ironwork (1968), pl. 395; "coffrets and missal carrying cases of wood covered with tooled leather. They are reinforced with flat iron bands, cut out and embossed. Fifteenth and sixteenth centuries". The top left and top right examples exhibit matching flowerheads, the top right also with loop handle and matching side handle.

    Edgar B. Frank, Old French Ironwork (1950), plate 291, also shows a similar box.
    For very similar missal boxes from the 15th century in the Hanns Schell Collection, see Ewald Berger, Prunk-Kassetten (1998), p. 112, fig. 44 and p. 116, fig. 8.

    For boxes of this type sold at auction, see:

    Christie's New York, 27-28th June 2006, lot 688
    Christie's Amsterdam, 26th June 2007, lot 194
    Sotheby's, 29th October 2008, lot 318
    Sotheby's, The Adler Collection, 24th February 2005, lot 4.
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