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Pomander (France), 1682–83

This is a pomander. It was made by Antoine Morelot. It is dated 1682–83 and we acquired it in 1997. Its medium is cast, chased, engraved and raised silver, bold gilt silver; sharkskin, wood, silver (case). It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

The word pomander comes from the Latin pomum ambrae, meaning apple of amber, and references both the fruit shape of these luxury objects and one of the substances placed in the eight interior sections. The exterior of cast-silver mytholgical figures adds texture. A wealthy woman would have worn this on a chain to hold scents.

This object was featured in our Object of the Day series in a post titled From the home of mustard comes another tale....

This object was bequest of Joan W. Leidesdorf. It is credited Bequest of Joan W. Leidesdorf.

Its dimensions are

H x diam.: 6.8 x 4 cm (2 11/16 x 1 9/16 in.)

It has the following markings

Crowned "A: date letter (Dijon, 1682-3) on inside of Section II, and maker "M" mark on Section I, Dijon assay mark with fleur-de-lys on Section III

Cite this object as

Pomander (France), 1682–83. cast, chased, engraved and raised silver, bold gilt silver; sharkskin, wood, silver (case). Bequest of Joan W. Leidesdorf. 1997-62-23.

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