An Italian silver gilt casket, second half 18th Century.

The casket, in the manner of the Valadie workshops, is decorated with panels of agate, heliotrope and lapis lazuli, the sides with chiselled urns and scrolling acanthus supported by cherubim, the corners with grotesque masks and scroll feet, the lid with a rectangular gilt silver relief of putti teasing a goat, after Duquesnoy,  a shield with monogram on the back; probably designed for a christening robe, 34.3cm.

The casket previously belonged to William Beckford (1760-1844) who became an art collector on a massive scale after inheriting a vast fortune in 1770. In 1823, his collection was dispersed in a great sale, at which Brownlow, 2nd Marquess of Exeter (1795-1867) purchased the casket.



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