Image of Brass pencase with fitted inkwell Turkey 1750-1850 CBL Is Ca2

Metal & Stone

At the age of 10, Chester Beatty is said to have outbid others at a public auction to secure a piece of pink calcite for his growing mineral collection. This childhood interest is credited with guiding Beatty towards his profession as a mining specialist, but it also remained important to him as a collector. Today, a dazzling array of precious and semi-precious stones can be found within Beatty’s vast Chinese snuff bottle collection. Lustrous metals and gems also grace the covers of books, in particular the so-called treasure bindings.

Brass pencase with fitted inkwell
1750-1850
Turkey
CBL Is Ca2

Highlights

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  • Treasure binding
    17th century
    Greater Armenia
    CBL Arm 584

    1 / 9

  • Snuff bottle of pale brown and opaque white banded agate, 1800-1880, China. CBL C 628.

    Snuff bottle of pale brown and opaque white banded agate
    1800-1880
    China
    CBL C 0628

    2 / 9

  • Image of a Serpentine stone book-rest, c.1800-1850, Punjab, Pakistan.

    Serpentine stone book-rest
    1800-1850
    Punjab (Pakistan)
    CBL Is X6

    3 / 9

  • Image of a Ordination text, 18th or 19th century, Burma. CBL Bu 1234.

    Ordination text
    18th or 19th century
    Burma
    CBL Bu 1234

    4 / 9

  • Image of Discussion of carriage with a league recording drum (Yubi ji liguche shuo), 1778, China. CBL C 1005.

    Discussion of carriage with a league recording drum (Yubi ji liguche shuo)
    1778
    China
    CBL C 1005

    5 / 9

  • Cloissonné enamelled triptych with Virgin and Child and St Nicholas, c. 1800, Russia. CBL Wx 23.

    Cloissonné enamelled triptych with Virgin and Child and St Nicholas
    c. 1800
    Russia
    CBL WX 23

    6 / 9

  • Image of Bronze 12 nummias of Justinian or Jusstin II and Maurice, 527-602, Alexandria (Egypt). CBL 815.5.

    Bronze 12 nummias of Justinian or Jusstin II and Maurice
    527-602
    Alexandria (Egypt)
    CBL Cpt 815.5

    7 / 9

  • Image of a Brass pencase with fitted inkwell, Turkey, 1750-1850. CBL Is Ca2

    Brass pencase with fitted inkwell
    Turkey
    1750-1850
    CBL Is Ca2

    8 / 9

  • Brass astrolabe, 1733, Isfahan, Iran.

    Brass astrolabe
    1733-1766
    Isfahan (Iran)
    CBL Is Sc6

    9 / 9

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