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open pomander ca 1600

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Place of Origin Europe/France Date 1500-1530 Artist/maker Unknown Materials and Tech - Gold, engraved Marks-'VNG.TEMPS.VIANDRA' 'Un temps viendra' or 'a time will come' 'MON DESIR ME VAILLE' 'My longing keeps me awake'

The pomander, used to ward off disease. It was believed that odours caused sickness. They were beautifully decorated with gem stones, inscriptions and engravings, all believed to be protective. "She (Mary Stuart) went to her death wearing a chain of pomander beads from which hung an Agnus Dei."

German Rosary (detail), ca 1500-1525, Ivory, silver, and partially gilded mounts. Met Museum.

Antique silver pomander Low Countries. An antique silver pomander, of spherical form on domed foot, divided into six segments released by a turning top, the exterior depicting dense foliage and flowers, the interior engraved with hatched floral motifs, each segment numbered and with slide-off cover (one later replacement). The Low Countries, circa 1640

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A 14th Century Silver and Gold Pomander

Round aromatnitsa in the form of an apple, Italy, c. 1350 - the aromatnitsa is divided into four 'slices,' each designed to hold a particular scent; assembled, it was worn around the neck or waist


Wondrous Antique Silver Perfume Flaçon

Silver Perfume Flaçon, Circa 1890

Not wire wrapping, but filigree. I don't think I've ever seen a more masterful and beautiful incorporation of pyritized ammonite into jewelry.

Nécessaire, German, 1745–50 Mother-of-pearl, gold Overall (confirmed): 4 1/4 x 5 1/16 x 3 3/4 in. (10.9 x 12.9 x 9.5 cm) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection, 1982