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Parade shield
  • Parade shield
  • Style of Jacques Caffiéri (1678 - 1755)
  • France, possibly
  • possibly 18th century
  • Steel and copper alloy, embossed
  • Diameter: 47.6 cm
    Weight: 1.52 kg
  • A332
  • European Armoury III
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  • Parade shield or target, circular, slightly convex in section, with a narrow rim, the edge turned over to a hollow section and roped. The centre is embossed in high relief with the face of Apollo, made in a separate applied piece with the centre of the shield around the face embossed with ridges representing the rays of the sun in splendour; the brim is decorated with a series of brass-capped rivets, the caps in the form of fleurs-de-lys. The metal is thin and of even thickness.

    The treatment of the hair of Apollo suggests Caffiéri and his epoch. Jacques Caffiéri was a sculptor of Italian origin, active in Paris from about 1715, when he became a Master in the Communauté des fondeurs-ciseleurs, until 1755 (see F. J. B. Watson, Wallace Collection Catalogues, Furniture, 1956, pp. 50-1).