Jewel casket


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 512

Elegant nécessaires de poche filled with minute utensils for grooming, writing, or sewing were fashionable during the eighteenth century. Made of gold with hard stones, mother-of-pearl, or tortoiseshell, they were the work of a goldsmith and often served as New Year’s presents. Here, an openwork pattern of scrolls, floral garlands, small animals, birds, and dancing musicians in gold is placed on panels of striated agate. The original contents of the nécessaire are missing.

#413. Retail Value. High and Low

Jewel casket, Gold, agate, diamond, mirror glass, British

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