Butter Box, Sweden, first quarter of the 19th century

Swedish porphyry casket

First quarter of the 19th century, Sweden



Casket in Swedish porphyry, the faceted cylindrical body is equipped with a slightly rounded circular lid with spiral decorations. It has a cone-shaped gilded bronze grip and connected to the porphyry with a crown of laurel leaves.

Dimensions: h 12.5 cm; diameter: 11 cm ( 4,9 x 4,3 in )


Historical-stylistic analysis:

The casket belongs to the typically Swedish production of the Empire period, dating back to the early 19th century. Generally referred to as a butter box, other specimens are also known on the market, in porphyry too, with the grip of the lid in wrought and gilded bronze.

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