The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Breastplate
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • France or Flanders
  • c. 1585
  • Iron or steel, etched and blackened
  • Weight: 1.55 kg
  • A219
  • European Armoury II
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  • Breastplate, for light cavalry or infantry use, of peascod form, the neck ridged and roped, with a V-shaped frieze embossed below the neck. The lower edge is flanged to take the skirt. The gussets are missing. The surface etched overall with florid, scrolled foliage involving dogs, birds, masks and the heads of grotesque animals; in the centre is the figure of a harpy; on a blackened and granulated ground.
    The granulation is scribbled tightly, the grains not being isolated (see also A340).