The Wallace Collection

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  • Partizan
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • c. 1620
  • Iron or steel, oak, silver and gold, engraved, blackened, encrusted and gilded
  • Length: 36.4 cm, including socket
    Weight: 1.59 kg
  • A995
  • European Armoury II
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  • Partizan, with a small head with central ridge, the base with cusped flukes. It is remarkable for a large circular boss in the centre of each side; round socket with two straps; the whole wrought in one piece. The bosses are decorated with silver encrusting including a barred helmet and a trophy of arms and cannon. The rest of the decoration consists of a pair of helmeted medallion heads and foliage, richly encrusted in silver on a blackened ground, with borders of minute silver dots. The ground also bears traces of gilding. The socket is decorated en suite. Fluted staff of oak with ferrule of octagonal section.

    Italian, about 1620.

    L' Art Ancien III, no. 476.

    Provenance: Frédéric Spitzer; (apparently not in exhibited in the Musée Rétrospectif, 1865, as previously thought).