The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Target
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Venice, Italy
  • c. 1580
  • Wood, leather, paint and gold, tooled and gilded
  • Diameter: 56.5 cm, increasing to
    Diameter: 58.4 cm
    Weight: 1.99 kg
  • Inscription: 'R 2' In white chalk
  • A313
  • European Armoury I
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Further Reading
  • Circular shield or target, of wood, convex, covered on both sides with leather (in two halves), tooled, painted and gilt with scrolls of conventional, arabesque foliage, the stalks springing from six shaped panels, yellow on a crimson ground; in the centre an oval cartouche painted bright green and surrounded by ribands; at the border a band of conventional strapwork within one of the geometric design; the outermost border is black. The inside is painted brown and mottled with black; an oblong leather panel padded for the arm, with the remains of the fastenings for the arm and hand-loops, also the number R2 in white chalk.

    Some seventy similar shields, said to have been carried by the Bodyguards of the Prince Archbishops of Salzburg, are still in the Museum Carolino-Augusteum, at Salzburg. Many are in other collections; for instance, one in the Kienbusch collection, now in the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Cat., No. 302, PI. LXXXIX, with details of the history of the group). Many are still preserved in the Doge's Palace at Venice. The examples in Venice have no cartouche in their centres. One is in the Royal Armouries (V.18) and several passed through the commercial market in the late twentieth century.