Object Title

Shaffron

Shaffron

Date

1510-1520

Object Number

VI.368

Provenance

Purchased from the National Magazine Co. (William Randolph Hearst Collection) October 1952, with the help of the Pilgrim Trust, the National Art Collections Fund and a special Exchequer Grant. one of 52 items purchased together. From the Dukes or Ratibor collection at Schloss Grafenegg, sold at Galerie Fischer, Luzern, 2 May 1934, lot 90, associated with a composite armour

Physical Description

Of large size. The main plate is decorated with radiating and chevron-shaped flutes. In the centre is a bold embossed ridge diagonally roped. The eye openings are covered by hemispherical lattice-work cages. The escutcheon is engraved with a jester drawing a cart in which is a lute. The scroll above describes the image in German: 'EIN LAVTEN AUF EINEM KARS FIER DIE NAR': 'a fool pulls a lute on a cart, a quotation from Sebastian Brandt's popular Narrenschiff or Ship of Fools (1494).

Dimensions

Weight: kg ( 7 lb 4 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

None

Associations

Places Germany

Bibliographic References

A.R. Dufty and W. Reid, European Armour in the Tower of London, 1968, plate CXLV

C.R. Beard, horse armour at St Donats, Connoiseur.

M Levkoff (ed), Hearst the collector, Los Angeles Museum of Art, 2008: 160, no. 21

C. Paggiarino, The Royal Armouries, masterpieces of medieval and renaissance arms and armour, Milan, 2011, volume 1

Notes

The inscription on the escutcheon may be translated as 'a fool pulls a lute on a cart'.