The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
Breastplate
  • Breastplate
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • North Italy
  • c. 1590
  • Iron or steel, etched
  • Weight: 1.57 kg
  • A220
  • European Armoury II
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  • Breastplate, small in size and peascod in shape, the edges of neck and armpits ridged and roped; the lower edge flanged and carrying a single lame of the skirt. The surface is etched with vertical bands with strapwork cartouches framing oval panels, the centre bearing a figure of Paris, with a goddess in the bands on either side; the bands are bordered with lines of cabled ornament and, round the arm-holes, the heads of grotesque monsters; at the top are etched (not embossed) a pair of portrait medallions; the single plate of the fauld is pierced with pairs of holes for the straps to hold the tassets; the whole deeply and roughly etched.