Set of seven pruning tools

French, Moulins

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 544

Decorated with engraved natural motifs, including fruit and fish, precious tools such as these were meant for noble patrons for whom gardening had gradually become a suitable pastime. The set, comprising clippers, a saw, four knives, and a combination hammer-rasp-file-and-auger, would have been used for trimming branches and obtaining bud grafts.

Set of seven pruning tools, Steel, partly gilded; mother-of-pearl, French, Moulins

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