The Wallace Collection

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  • Gorget
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy, Milan
  • c. 1610
  • Iron or steel, gold, copper alloy, and silver, embossed, blued, incised, chased, plated and gilded
  • Weight: 0.83 kg, front
    Weight: 0.71 kg, back
  • A238
  • European Armoury III
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Further Reading
  • Whereas in the early sixteenth century much fine quality armour for ‘parade’ was still made of steel, later examples such as this collar or gorget were frequently made of iron. This no longer mattered, since by this date richness of decoration was increasingly eclipsing the demands of practical use. Embossed, chased, blued, gilt and plated with silver, the decoration derives from engravings of battle scenes by Antonio Tempesta c.1570, themselves based upon a published engraving by Cornelis Cort (1563), after Frans Floris. During the latter part of the sixteenth century, this kind of princely parade armour was produced in ever-increasing quantity by the major armour-producing centres of northern Italy, the greatest of which was undoubtedly Milan. However, by the close of the century, other European competitors had caught up; this particular piece is now thought to have been made in France or Flanders.