Gilt powder flask sells for $64,500 at Hermann Historica

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2015-06-26 13:17:16

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Gilt powder flask sells for $64,500 at Hermann Historica

A magnificent German gilt powder flask made a 100% increase on estimate

Hermann Historica's Spring 2013 auction saw excellent results, with a brilliant gilt powder flask selling for $64,423 as the top lot of the German sale.

German powder horn Caspar SpatThe finely detailed scenes suggest the flask was used by hunters

The flask was initially valued $32,211, but soon soared past this to realise a 100% increase.

Made circa 1640,it boasts a curved fruitwood body, with both sides finely engraved and featuring blackened bone inlays.

On its larger panels, a scene portraying Perseus with Medusa's head sits alongside a mythological scene of an archer and a sea monster.

A truly spectacular piece, this flask is ofthe typeproduced by German manufacturer Caspar Spat, with gilt mounting and a spring-loaded spout. There are two similar examples housed in the L'Armeria Reale in Turin.

Taking place in Munich, the sale welcomed a host of arms, armour, hunting antiques and militaria.

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