Peter Finer

An Italian ‘Maximillian’ Breastplate, Etched in the Manner of the ‘Danube School’, c. 1520

Item Ref: 1456 Price on application

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Italy. Steel.


Private collection, Austria
Sold at Sotheby’s & Co, 26 May 1933, Lot 80, page 17

Sotheby’s & Co, 26 May 1933, Lot 80, page 17

Formed of a strongly rounded main plate with bold angular outward turn at its straight neck-opening, movable gussets with matching turns at its arm-openings, waist-lame and skirt of four upward-overlapping lames, the lowest embossed outwards over the crotch, decorated over the greater part of the main plate and at either side of the skirt with bold flutes of V-section, alternately etched with bands of scrolling foliage and strap-work on a stippled and blackened ground, and bands of linear and hatched scrolling foliage and flower-heads, repeated on the gussets, the remaining areas etched with scrolling foliage and strap-work variously terminating in stylised flower-heads, monsters’ heads, wings and legs, and involving beneath the centre of the neck-opening a representation of the Virgin and Child attended by angels.

Size: Height 40 cm / 15.7 in, Width 40 cm / 15.7 in