Object Title

Breastplate

Breastplate

Date

1583

Object Number

III.1218

Provenance

Purchased Fenton. Ex Sotheby's 1946.

Physical Description

It is entirely etched with a design of strapwork and foliage involving amorini, trpohies, birds, insects and dolphins. In the centre is an oval cartouche containing a battle scene.

Dimensions

Dimensions: height 560 mm, width 390 mm, depth 130 mm Weight: 15 lb 6 oz

Inscriptions and Marks

None

Associations

Places Flanders

Bibliographic References

J.G. Mann, 'The master of the Snails and Dragonflies', Waffen und KostumkundeNF.II (1961) pp.14-27, pl.8.

S.W. Pyhrr, 'The 'Master of the Snails and Dragonflies' revisited', H. Nickle & S.W. Pyhrr (ed) Arms Armour and Heraldry: essays in honour of Anita Reinhard, New York 1981.

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

S Pyhrr and T Richardson, 'The 'Master of the Snails and Dragonflies' identified' Journal of the Arms and Armour Society XIV.6, 1994: 329-63, fig. 16

Notes

Index card says 'Possibly connected with the Earl of Leicester's expidition to Flanders in 1585'.


c.f. breastplate in Middle Temple Hall which bears arms of Brabant and figure labelled 'Belgica' from Chiddingstone Castle, formerly Penshurst.
cf.III.1692 ex-Mann, III.1219-20, IV.569.
Sotheby 26.10. 1945 Lot 106. Sold by Streatfield through C.G. Walter, bought by Fentons for TOL- See MS note by J.G. MAnn in sale catalogue.