The Wallace Collection

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Parade shield
  • Parade shield
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Flanders or Germany
  • c. 1620
  • Steel, copper alloy, canvas, tow and hay, etched
  • Diameter: 59.7 cm
    Weight: 4.93 kg
  • A340
  • European Armoury II
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  • Parade shield, circular, slightly convex, with a central spike springing from a double spray of acanthus leaves, the edges turned under, roped and bordered with brass-headed rivets for the lining band, which is secured on the underside by brass rosette-shaped washers; four pyramidal-headed screws for the enarmes. The surface is roughly etched all over the strapwork forming oval and shaped cartouches, the first containing figures in classical costume, the second representing four of the Labours of Hercules, the intervening surfaces filled with the strapwork, scrolls, tiny manikins and eagles; the border decorated with a coursing scene and the hunting of a boar, stag, lion; the background scribbled to form a granular effect. The etching, though coarse, exhibits spirit and character; the central subjects have probably been copied from some sixteenth-century Italian cartoon, the border, however, resembles Flemish work. The back has been lined with brown velvet fringed with red silk, of which only the canvas base now remains; a heavy steel band runs across the shield to which the enarmes were attached; it has been padded with tow and hay.