Nautilus - inv. 784

Titolo: 
Nautilus
Numero di Inventario: 
784
Tipologia: 
metalworks
Collezione: 

Jewellery

Motivo attribuzione: 
stylistic analysis
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Amsterdam, 17th century
Ambito e luogo di produzione: 
Amsterdam
Holland
Netherlands
Libri correlati: 
Periodo: 
1600
1650
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Materia e Tecnica: 
silver
shell
morther of pearl
Data di Ingresso: 
1879
Acquisizione: 
Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli
Tipo di acquisizione: 
bequest
Tipo di collocazione: 
on display
Collocazione: 
Dante Study

The Nautilus is a rare species of marine creature which lives in the seas around Indonesia, the Philippines and New Guinea. These delicate shells, embellished with carvings, were hung up or used as cups supported by refined settings. Owing to their exotic origin, as well as their fragility and the delicacy of the decoration, they were highly prized by collectors. The Poldi Pezzoli Nautilus is carved with genre scenes based on engravings by Jacques Callot, set within volutes and sprays of vegetation, around which flutter insects taken from Flemish repertoires of the same period. On the edge of the shell, carved in silver and pierced, there are holes for hanging the shell and, between volutes and leaves, a two-headed eagle and a coat of arms. The work was produced by a workshop in Amsterdam in the mid-seventeenth century, most likely for a prominent Habsburg client.

Masterpiece: 
true
AC/DC: 
DC