Case in the shape of a trout with six knives
Italy (?), c. 1570
Leather, bone, iron, partly gilded
L. 34.9 cm
On permanent loan from the Freundeskreis des Bayerischen Nationalmuseums e.V. since 2021
Inv. No. L 2021/7.1-8
This trout turns out to be a deceptively lifelike leather case containing six magnificently decorated knives with delicate handles made of bone. Cutlery cases in the shape of trouts from the Renaissance are extremely rare. Only a few examples have survived, including a closely related piece in the Green Vault in Dresden. As part of the Electoral Saxon Kunstkammer, it attests to the high esteem in which objects were held, which aroused amazement and admiration with their impressive imitation of nature. This trout case, which was undoubtedly in the possession of a distinguished personality, probably also belonged to the collection of a princely Kunst- und Wunderkammer (cabinet of arts and marvels).