"The Pen Case of Louis XIV"


Skokloster Castle

Skokloster Castle
Skoklosters, Sweden

Count Fritz Piper (1807-1897), who donated this pen case to Skokloster, said that it had belonged to the great Sun King Louis XIV (1638-1715). But there is a maker’s stamp, a ram’s head turned left (the so called “small gold guarantee”), signifying that it was made in Paris between 1819 and 1838. King Louis reigned long, that is certain, but not that long. The exquisite craftsmanship suggests that it was made for a wealthy man or woman. Should we keep the notion that it is a royal object, King Louis XVIII (1755-1824) might fit the bill as owner, but again this is impossible to prove.


  • Title: "The Pen Case of Louis XIV"
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date Created: 1819-1838
  • Location Created: Paris, France
  • Physical Dimensions: w 25 mm, l 112 mm
  • Artist info: Photo: H. Bonnevier
  • Original Language: Swedish
  • External Link: Inventory number: 354

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