The Wallace Collection

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  • Tailpiece
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1540
  • Steel and gold, blued, embossed, etched and gilded
  • Weight: 0.45 kg
  • A448
  • European Armoury I
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  • Tail-plate of a horse armour, of steel, blued with traces of gilding and boldly embossed in the form of a grotesque dolphin's head, the surface etched with a leaf-pattern. Two keyhole-shaped hole at the back for attachment to the crupper, and a rivet on either side for securing a strap. This rare piece of horse armour shows great beauty for design and workmanship.

    This piece is represented on the crupper in a drawing of the 'Buckhurst' armour (Wallace Collection A62; then displayed mounted as an equestrian figure), which was previously attributed to R. P. Bonington, but is now attributed to Eugéne Delacroix. Though previously thought to represent Goodrich Court - the collections were not moved there until after 1925 and thus the drawing must depict Meyrick's London House; 20 Upper Cadogan Place. This drawing is now in the library at Hertford House.
    Another instance of a tailpiece in the form of a dolphin's head is in the Royal Armouries (VI.319, Dufty and Reid, 1968, pl. CLVI).