Object Title

Pair of sabatons

Pair of sabatons



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Purchased at auction, Sotheby's, 5 July 1965, lot 37, with aid of the National Art Collections Fund. From Schloss Hohenaschau; Max Kuppelmayr collection, sold 1895, lot 83; Gimbel collection, sold 1904, lot 1; Sir Edward Barry collection.

Physical Description

Each is composed of seven plates following the natural shape of the foot with blunt pointed toe plates. Each heel plate is hinged on the inside and fasten with a strap on the outside.The six metatarsal lames overlap upwards and are articulated by a rivet at either side. A leather retaining strap for the shoe was originally secured by five rivets arougn the toe-plate. A strap is riveted on the outside of the first plate, passes under the foot and is buckled on the inside. The upper edge of the first plate is turned outwards.

Featured in

Hundred Years War


Dimensions: Length: 290mm (both) width 140mm (both) height: 110mm (both) Weight: 0.645kg (right) 0.625kg (left)

Inscriptions and Marks

Both are stamped with an A and reversed D beneath a yoke or bracket.

Bibliographic References

L Syson and D Gordon, Pisanello: painter to the renaissance court, London, National Gallery Company, 2001, p. 259, no. 29


Purchased by Whawell from Madame Gimbel of Baden-Baden. Barry presumably purchased them from Whawell. This information recorded by S.C. Gravescay when he visited Whawell in 1926 (notes in files at Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York). c.f. sabatons (effigy) of Richard Beachamp, Earl of Warwick, St. Mary's Warwick. Also c.f sabatons on effigy of St. Loe, Chew Magna Church.