17th Century Silver Book Form Needle Case "Je Brule Pour Vous" Ex Albert Collection

Unmarked c1680
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A rare 17th century silver Needle Case, made in the form of a book with a pair of clasp closures and with six pages of fabric bound with silver thread to hold the needles. The front cover is engraved with a landscape scene with a house and a church, in front of which is a tomb below a flaming heart observed by a morose standing putto. In the sky is a banner with the legend:
"Je Brule Pour Vous" (I burn for you), and the whole is framed and engraved with acanthus leaves. The back cover is engraved with a pair of cherubs holding a vacant oval cartouche in a landscape and similarly framed. The spine is engraved with foliate arabesques.

Unmarked c1680. Probably English, but possibly French.

Ex: The Albert Collection.

Sold - £2,250.00

In good condition with no damage or repair. One of the thread bindings holding the pages to the silver spine is loose
47 mm (1.85 inches)
62 mm (2.44 inches)
10 mm (0.39 inches)
London, England
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