This magnificent casket is decorated with leaf scrolls and birds created in pietre dure. This decorative inlay technique, which was developed in Florence in the late 16th century, used highly-polished hard stones in order to create images on a surface. Caskets of this type were originally designed to hold precious objects such as jewels, but their rich decoration made them valuable in their own right.
A magnificent carnelian & gold fob seal, the unidentified crest deeply engraved with oak trees, trumpets & foliage, centred by a knights helmet. Continental, first half of the 18th century. Seal measures 2.8cm high, weighs 11.1 grams & intaglio measures 2.3 x 2cm.