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  • Stirrup
  • Jörg Sigman (1527 - 1601)
  • Germany
  • c. 1560
  • Bronze and gold, chased and gilded
  • Height: 11.2 cm, arch
    Width: 10.8 cm, tread
    Weight: 0.82 kg
  • A431
  • European Armoury II
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  • Stirrup, of very fine quality, one of a pair with A430. Of bronze, cast, chased and gilt; arched in outline, the sides widening towards the base; they are decorated in low relief with conventional ornament with a female herm between seated satyrs, fruit and flowers, a peacock and grotesque heads, the borders roped; the broad tread consists of a plate pierced and chased with interlaced strapwork; rectangular box for the leather with a front panel decorated with a cherub's head in relief, scrolls and conventional fruit chiselled in low relief; the edges roped, chased also in relief.

    Thomas suggested that these stirrups, and therefore the bit-bosses of the garniture also, might be the work of the Augsburg goldsmith Jörg Sigman (City Art Museum of St Louis: Museum Monographs, II, pp. 70-95). They form part of the 'Golden garniture' series of tournament armours with matching horse armour and equipment, made in 1555 for the Emperor Ferdinand I and his three sons, the future Emperor Maximilian II, Archduke Ferdinand II of Tyrol and Archduke Charles II of Styria, probably by Conrad Richter of Augsburg. Another pair of stirrups and a matching bit are still preserved at Vienna. These three pieces are recorded in the inventory of the Archducal armoury at Graz in 1668. The two remaining pairs of stirrups are now in the Musée de l' Armée , Paris (inv. no.G.657; said to come from the old French Royal collection) and the City Art Museum, St. Louis (inv. nos. 358-19 and 20), which came from the Spitzer collection (J. B. Giraud, La collection Spitzer, VI, 1892, nos. 464 and 469, pI. LVI). The tournament close-helmet A188 in the Wallace Collection also belongs to this series, while a second, similar helmet is in the Musée de l' Armée, Paris (inv. no. H.I 14), and a visor of exchange is in the Bargello, Florence (inv. no. R9). The last piece, dated across the brow ‘1555’, was also in the Spitzer collection (sold Petit, Paris, 10-14 June 1895, lot 43, repr. in cat.).