A Seal Box Lid, c. 1590 - 1629

A Seal Box Lid,

Item ref: 2999

  • France
  • Brass and gold
  • 12.5 cm / 4.9 in

Provenance:

Private collection, France

This superbly engraved lid commemorates King Lois XII of France after he captured Milan in his first campaign into Italy in 1499. It bears the Latin inscription (with abbreviations):

SIGILLUM LUDOVICI XII FRANCORUM SICILIAE HIEROSOLYMAE REGIS DUCIS MEDIOLANI DOMINI 
or
'THE SEAL OF LOUIS XII KING OF THE FRANCS, SICILY, JERUSALEM, DUKE OF MILAN, LORD OF THE ASTIANS'

Here ‘Franks’ refers to France, ‘Sicily’ to Naples, and ‘Astians’ to the people of Asti, a city of Piedmont and Savoy then under French control.

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