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Wedding-Box With Secret Compartment and Accessories

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unknown1619Netherlandsembroidery on silk satin; silver, gilt; paper, wood23,5 x 27,5 x 19,5 cm

This rare wedding-casket was created on the occasion of the wedding of the Dutch couple Matheus Prim and Anna Lulis on February 14th 1619. It had been passed from the mother to the eldest daughter and thus remained in the possession of the family for generations. In the first half of the 17th century, the most well-known of the embroidered flowers - tulip - was considered a precious rarity. It became an expensive object of speculation, and the trade with tulip bulbs caused the so-called ‘tulipomania’, followed by the Dutch Tulip market crash in 1637. The spring flower, exotic at the time, was considered a symbol of wealth and love, and in this particular case - a lucky charm for marriage.