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: 
Art Collector Room

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. For their exotic origin, together with 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 images of that time. On the edge of the shell, in silver carved and pierced, 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, probably for an important Hapsburg client.

Masterpiece: 
true
AC/DC: 
DC