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Plaque
  • Plaque
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Milan, Italy
  • c. 1545
  • Steel, gold and ebony, embossed, chased, and overlaid
  • Height: 12.3 cm
    Width: 22.5 cm
    Weight: 0.235 kg
  • A1340
  • European Armoury III
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  • Oblong plaque, of steel, embossed, chased, and overlaid and plated with gold, showing Diana recumbent in a meadow holding a large bow and arrow; above, Cupid flies down shooting from the clouds; in the background the gateway of a city. In a fluted ebony frame; labelled at the back 263.

    Italian (Milanese), about 1545.

    L'Art Ancien IX, no. 989.

    Provenance: Comte de Nieuwerkerke.

    Compare the workmanship of the oval pageant shield A325, and plaques A1339 and 1341.

    A like plaque was no. 106 at the Oplotheca (1817) and no. 130 at the Gothic Hall (1820): ‘A most beautiful Steel Tablet, exquisitely chased and gilt, by the celebrated Benvenuto Celini, from Raphael's famous design of Cupid and Psyche.’ There are embossed and damascened plaques similar to those here in the Armeria Reale at Turin, nos. F 89, 90.

    The workmanship of this plate and of no.1341 resemble that of the ‘Milanese Garniture’ of Archduke Ferdinand II of Tyrol at Vienna (Hofjagd- Rüstkammer, inv. nos. A785 and 785A; Boccia and Coelho, 1967, figs. 279-80). This was brought from Giovanni Battista Serabaglio and Marc Antonio Fava, both of Milan, in 1560.