Galerie Delalande Paris

Exceptional ivory and amber hourglass.

Amber and ivory hourglass composed of two square bases held together by four turned columns and resting on spherical feet. The bases, in translucent brown amber, are composed of several amber plates assembled together (inside and top of each base) ending in a moulded plinth in translucent yellow-orange amber. In the center of each base, a square medallion in carved ivory with the attributes of the passing of time: one represents a winged hourglass resting on a skull, the other a naked woman leaning on a skull with an hourglass at the top. The columns are composed of two turned ivory parts linked together by a translucent orange amber disc cut into the sides. Each foot is composed of a transparent red amber ball cut into sections ending in a small ivory disc. The whole is mounted on an iron rod. Inside the frame is a vial consisting of two pear-shaped ampoules made of clear "bubbled" glass containing a very fine white eggshell sand with traces of orange grains. The ampoules are joined together by a wax seal covered with a brownish-beige fabric tied with a cord.

Note : Amber-mounted hourglasses are very rare. To date, only four amber hourglasses from the 17th century are known, one of courtly and large size as a clock and inkwell and three others of different shapes and colors.

Materials : amber, ivory, clear "bubble" glass, steel, wax, beige fabric, brown cord and eggshell sand.

Condition : This hourglass is in an exceptional state of preservation, with a perfectly preserved flask. The amber and eggshell sand are of remarkable quality. Note a little wear to the fabric at the joint.

Provenance : Large European collection, Delalande collection, Paris.

Dimensions : height of 13 cm x width 7.6 cm x length of 7.6 cm.

German work circa 1680, probably from Königsberg.

Reference : D ex ML 5

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18th century ivory and amber hourglass from Königsberg.
18th century ivory and amber hourglass from Königsberg.
18th century ivory and amber hourglass from Königsberg.
18th century ivory and amber hourglass from Königsberg.
18th century ivory and amber hourglass from Königsberg.
18th century ivory and amber hourglass from Königsberg.
18th century ivory and amber hourglass from Königsberg.
18th century ivory and amber hourglass from Königsberg.
18th century ivory and amber hourglass from Königsberg.
18th century ivory and amber hourglass from Königsberg.