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Mace
  • Mace
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy, possibly Milan
  • c. 1560
  • Steel, silver and gold, overlaid
  • Length: 56 cm
    Weight: 1.325 kg
  • A980
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • Mace, the head composed of six curved, tubular flanges; short finial springing from a semi-circular knob on top; hollow half pierces for a cord or strap; grip separated from the haft by a moulding. The pommel unscrews on a reverse thread. The whole of the surface is of blued steel overlaid with finely executed floral arabesques in silver and gold, the grip varied by having a reticulated design, with the lozengy strapwork silver, and the intervals filled with conventional flowers in gold. The decoration of the grip appears to be of later date. Presumably this area originally had a covering of leather, cord, or textile.

    North Italian (Milanese?), about 1560.

    Exhibited: ? Musée Rétrospectif, 1865, no. 1942.

    Lièvre, Musées et collections, 3 Ser., pI. 22; L' Art Ancien I, no. 163; Lièvre, Collections Célèbres, pl. 31; Lièvre, Musée Graphique pl. 1.

    Provenance: Frédéric Spitzer; Comte de Nieuwerkerke.