Object Title

Pair of tassets

Pair of tassets



Object Number



Purchased at auction, Christie's 24 April 2001 lot 71, from the R T Gwynn collection. Possibly from the Schloss Grafeneg collection, most of which was presented by Charles VI to Count Breuner in the 18th century.

Physical Description

Each tasset is forged of a single rounded plate tapering slightly towards the bottom. The inner edge is concave and drawn out into an arch towards the junction of the two, with a flattened outward turn. The terminal of the left (overlapping) tasset is scalloped and engraved with a series of diagonal lines with dots at each end within a scalloped line. The lower edges are bordered by a pair of narrow flutes. The surface of each plate is divided by a pair of diaagonal flutes into two triangular panels, the inner one plain, the outer one embossed with a series of curved diagonal parallel flutes The upper edges each have two small cusps. Riveted at either side is a pair of latten buckles, the tongue of one missing. The inside is painted a dull, maroon red, the exerior bright.


Dimensions: height 267 mm, width right 270 mm, width left 261 mm Weight: right 900 g, left 1000 g

Inscriptions and Marks




Bashford Dean mentioned a 'couple of fine tassets - early Maximilian, single plate, with somewhat fan-shaped ribbings' in the stock of the dealer Kahlert of Berlin, in a letter to Stephen Grancsay of 11 January 1926, which may be the same pieces (pers comm, S Pyhrr, 18 October 2004).