A Charles II stumpwork casket depicting Rebecca at the well
Lot 544
A Charles II stumpwork casket depicting Rebecca at the well
£1,000 - 1,500
US$ 1,600 - 2,500

Lot Details
A Charles II stumpwork casket depicting Rebecca at the well
the top of the casket worked in coloured silks and depicting Rebecca holding a ewer to the lips of Eliezer, with camels to the left and the well to the right, the sides, back and front showing other scenes from the story, the lid now detached, the front with a pair of doors opening to reveal the velvet lined, fitted interior, with numerous drawers and lidded compartments, and with two metal pounce pots, with one glass ink bottle remaining, the centre fitted with a large compartment with mirrored sides, in poor condition throughout, 30cm wide, 25cm deep, 18cm high (11.5" wide, 9.5" deep, 7" high)

Footnotes

  • The story of Rebecca at the well comes from the Book of Genesis, and tells of Abraham's search for a suitable wife for his son Isaac. Abraham sends his faithful servant Eliezer to his homeland Mesopotamia to search for a wife, and as he rests at a well he prays for guidance. At this moment Rebecca offers water to Eliezer, his servants and the camels, and he realises that she is the appointed bride and gives her the bridal jewels.
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