The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
Furniture or architectural mount
  • Furniture or architectural mount
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Flanders
  • late 16th or 17th century
  • Steel and gold, embossed and damascened
  • Weight: 1.01 kg
  • A420
  • European Armoury I
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Further Reading
  • Embossed metal plate, apparently a furniture mount, with sloping sides and slightly concave. Finely embossed with a symmetrical composition of nude and female figures wearing turbans, seated on either side of a column, above which are two winged chimeras; trophies of arms and festoons of drapery in the background, and panels of fruit at the bottom corners; traces of gold damascening remain on the surface, which is now bright steel, the lower border incised with strapwork and conventional flowers, originally filled with gold. The flanged borders are embossed with a scale pattern and are riveted on; the lower edge is reinforced at the back with a heavy steel strap, and furnished with two nuts for fixing.

    The style of the decoration suggests a Flemish source. A similar plate is in the Museo Stibbert, Florence.