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What is this?

Pyriform, on circular foot, the eight hinged segments with the silver figure of an amor in various guises on a gilt ground, opening with eight segments, numbered on the body with Roman numerals, the segments with sliding labelled covers inside labelled with scents and spices, I- Musque, II-Jeseme III-Jonquille IV-Tubereuse V Binjouin VI Pastille VII Ambre VIII (missing label); in a contemporary conforming shagreen case.

Why is this in our collection?

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 is a pomander from France. It is dated 1682–83 and we acquired it in 1997. Bequest of Joan W. Leidesdorf.

This image is on display This object is currently on display in room 206 as part of Making Design.

Its medium is

cast, chased, engraved and raised silver, bold gilt silver; sharkskin, wood, silver (case)

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

This object has been tagged:

This object was made by Antoine Morelot

This object was bequest of Joan W. Leidesdorf

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This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=Pomander (France), 1682–83 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=4 August 2015 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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