The Wallace Collection

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Serving knife
  • Serving knife
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • France or Burgundy
  • c. 1430 - 1440
  • Iron, steel, rosewood, gold, silver, enamel and copper, enamelled
  • Length: 13.4 cm, handle
    Length: 27.7 cm, blade
    Width: 5.5 cm, maximum
    Weight: 0.13 kg
  • Inscription: 'AULTRE NARAY'
    Maker's mark: Cutler's mark In copper
  • A881
  • European Armoury I
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Further Reading
  • Philip the Good (1396-1467) ruled as Duke of Burgundy from 1419 until 1465; the coat of arms enamelled upon the silver-gilt pommel of this knife are those he assumed upon his marriage with Isabella of Portugal in 1429/30. It was in her honour that he founded the Order of the Golden Fleece in 1430. During this period, the Burgundian Court became a brilliant cultural centre, admired, envied and emulated throughout Western Europe. Philip himself became one of the Duchy’s most famous and successful rulers; by the end of his reign he had virtually doubled the Burgundian lands, and ensured that Burgundy itself had become a byword for all that was noble and powerful. This serving or carving knife was as much a visible symbol of the Duke of Burgundy’s wealth and taste as a mere item of cutlery; it would have been used as part of a set of such knives, conspicuously and with great ceremony during important state occasions and banquets.