The Wallace Collection

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  • Vamplate
  • Possibly Anton Peffenhauser (c. 1525 - 1603)
  • Augsburg, Germany
  • c. 1575
  • Steel, gold and copper alloy, etched and gilded
  • Diameter: 26.5 cm
    Diameter: 7 cm, lance opening
    Weight: 0.57 kg
  • A343
  • European Armoury II
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  • Vamplate for the joust, part of the same rich armour to which Wallace Collection close-helmet A187 and right pauldron A242 also belong. This trio of pieces were once part of a double garniture thought to have been made for the sons of the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II: Archduke (later Emperor) Matthias (1557-1619) and Maximilian III, Archduke of Austria (1558-1618).

    The decorative scheme of this garniture, though not especially original or distinctive, was skilfully executed and communicates a suitably rich visual effect. The surfaces of the plates are divided by wide strapwork bands filled with trophies of arms and musical instruments on a finely stippled and blackened ground and framed by narrow gilt borders containing delicate scrollwork.

    The majority of this double garniture is today in the Hofjagd –und Rüstkammer, Vienna (inv. nos. A437, A880, B40, B41) with other parts in the Musée de l’Armée, Paris (H99, H100, K721, K742), Royal Armouries, Leeds (III.1264) and the Art Institute of Chicago (1819). Parts of other very similar garnitures can be seen in Dresden, St. Petersburg, New York and Philadelphia.