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Mace
  • Mace
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • c. 1550
  • Low-carbon steel, paint and gold, gilded and incised
  • Length: 60.4 cm
    Weight: 1.26 kg
  • A983
  • Not on display
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  • Mace, with a head of seven flanges, the edges shaped and engraved as pairs of dolphins on either side of a strongly reinforced central spike, the whole surmounted by a fluted knob. Tubular, faceted haft, alternate facets incised with parallel horizontal lines. It is pierced above the grip for a thong. Spirally fluted grip, the flutes separated by incised lines. Flat pommel with roped edge and fluted button. The surface was originally blued, while the dolphins on the flanges, the incised facets on the haft, and the moulding between the flutes on the grip, are gilt. The blueing is now largely replaced with black paint.
    Probably Italian, about 1550.

    De Beaumont Catalogue, pl. 10, Gazette des Beaux-Arts, lère, xxiv, 1868, p. 423, no. 182, and pI. facing p. 422.

    Provenance: Comte de Nieuwerkerke.

    A mace answering to this description, formerly in the possession of P. J. de Loutherbourg, the painter, was exhibited in the Gothic Hall, 1818, as no. 122, and in 1819 and 1820 as no. 128.